PDC in forefront of saving water

2016-04-14 11:49
Pressure Die Castings production manager Ash Roopchand and director Graham Smith show off one of their 15?000-litre water storage tanks at their Willowton Road plant.

Pressure Die Castings production manager Ash Roopchand and director Graham Smith show off one of their 15?000-litre water storage tanks at their Willowton Road plant. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Not only is Pietermaritzburg company Pressure Die Castings (PDC) implementing water-saving measures in the business, but has also been praised for leading the way by assisting its employees to save water at home.

The Willowton Road company is now calling on other businesses to adopt its plan, and has offered to help.

In a presentation at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) this week, production manager Ash Roopchand explained some of the ways in which the company had reached out to its employees.

“We discussed this [the need to save water] last year and decided that the best way was to start with our own company and our 200 employees. This would make a difference to 200 households at least,” he said.

PDC then installed six 15 000-litre tanks for everyday use and filters in machinery that uses water to clean components. The filters would allow them to reuse water.

“We set a target to see a 15% reduction in our water usage per month, and have charted it daily to make sure we achieve that target,” said Roopchand.

PDC took it a step further and subsidised 80% of the cost for 1 000-litre water storage tanks for each of their 200 employees. “We also trained every employee in how to check for water leaks at home, and how to change the washers. They were given packs of washers to use and all of this was funded by PDC.

“It is up to us to save water, and we had to convey that message to our staff,” he said, adding that businesses should realise that they could not embark on water-saving projects expecting to recoup the cost.

“Rather do it now and pay less than we would later when we may not have a business to run,” said Roopchand.

Msunduzi water and sanitation manager Brenden Sivparsad welcomed PDC’s initiative, saying the city appreciated any water-saving efforts.

“Businesses are the economic drivers behind the city, and to see initiatives such as this emanate from a business is highly appreciated. Companies are profit-driven, but it is good to see companies that are community-driven as well,” he said.

Sivparsad said the municipality was excited by PDC’s ideas and encouraged other businesses to follow suit.

“The municipality supports such initiatives and is grateful to those who are heeding our call. More companies and members of the public must come forward with their brilliant ideas and we will offer any kind of support we can,” he said.

The PCB commended PDC for “showing leadership” in their efforts to save water. CEO Melanie Veness said, “PDC have taken their water-saving initiative a step further and we commend them. We hope other businesses take up the challenge.”

Trini Krishnan of Aberdare Cables complimented PDC for “going the extra mile” and proposed that all businesses follow suit.

Now PDC and the PCB have joined forces in getting other businesses on board. Roopchand said if more businesses came together, the price of water storage tanks would reduce and companies could save further.

• If your business wants to learn and implement PDC’s tactics, contact the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business by e-mailing pcb@pcb.org.za

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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