The availability of water is a growing concern in South Africa which the ACMP acknowledges and we are committed to contributing to water management that will ease pressure on our natural resources. Although cement manufacturing is not a water intensive process, water is used in parts of the process for cooling, dust suppression, as well as supplying potable water to residential areas at our operations.

The ACMP members are all sensitive to our scarce water resources and the increasing pressure in terms of abstraction, habitat destruction, pollution, and the emerging consequences of climate change adds another dimension of stress to the pressure on our water resources. There is thus increasing focus on water management and planning. The ACMP has been actively engaging with the Department of Water Affairs to inform the development policy and strategy formulation.

The ACMP members are in process of improving water monitoring and as well as of obtaining water use licences for operations where needed. In future, the ACMP aims to include indication of volumes of water used by source such as: volumes obtained through catchment, river and ground water extraction, and from municipal sources.

ACMP members continue to make significant water saving improvements during plant upgrades. The ACMP will continue to participate in the development and implementation of a water resource strategy in an effort to minimise its use and protect our precious and scarce resources.
To ensure sound sustainable development practice amongst our members, the ACMP has embraced the following water management policy to inform it’s members response to our national scarce water resource

ACMP WATER POLICY

ACMP recognises that South Africa is a water scarce country and therefore commits that members will implement an effective program for the responsible use of water, and the protection of our water resources, in accordance with the following key principles:

  • Water consumption is identified and monitored;
  • Water consumption is minimised as much as is practicable, aligned to business needs;
  • Long-term targets are established for reductions in water consumption;
  • Where feasible we give preference to the reuse and recycling of water and harvesting of storm water over the use of treated potable water;
  • We recognise the importance of long-term security and planning of water resources.