Environmental Compliance Monitoring: Water Resources

Posted on 27 Feb 2020

Environmental Compliance Monitoring consists of various aspects including Water Resource Protection. Environmental Compliance Monitoring is designed to ensure that the industry conforms with environmental laws, regulations, lease stipulations, and project mitigations. Water Resource Protection is governed by The National Water Act of 1998, which regulates all water use. Wherein, Water Use Licences are issued in terms of Chapter 4 of The National Water Act, 1998 (Act No 36 of 1998) which authorises certain water uses. Section 28(1) of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA) places a general duty of care on any person who causes pollution, to take reasonable measures to prevent such pollution from occurring. 

Water quality monitoring is essential for numerous industries (mining, construction, manufacturing and industrial industries) where resources are utilised or generated as waste. Water quality monitoring is considered to be a measure to achieve duty of care. Duty of care is achieved by developing and implementing a water monitoring programme with the aim to determine baseline conditions and possible sources of water contamination. Availability of water quality data facilitates recommendations on possible sources of contamination, mitigation and prevention measures.

The SABS standard (SANS 5667) is considered the main operating procedure and provides the actual systematic approach by which water samples are taken, stored, transported and ultimately analysed. SANS 5667-6 standard is used for reference methods for the guidance on the sampling of rivers and streams. Groundwater sampling is done in accordance with SANS 5667-11, while wastewater governed by SANS 5667-10.

Implementing a formal water quality monitoring programme does not only ensure compliance to relevant regulations and standards for the protection of the environment and human health but also provides for the establishment of baseline conditions; confirming if environmental goals are met; identify and mitigate pollution effects; and determining if mitigation measures are adequate.

Environmental Assurance (Pty) Ltd. (ENVASS) offers a wide range of Environmental Compliance Monitoring services, including Environmental Water Quality Monitoring, which can be utilised on your next project. If you may require a proposal for these services please do not hesitate to contact our highly qualified and experienced specialists at ENVASS on 012 460 9768 or info@envass.co.za