After the Shoprite Group commited to donating 100 Smart Water Meters to 100 Western Cape schools, we extended the challenge to corporates and the public: sign up and PLEDGE to sponsor a Smart Water Meter.
Who accepted the #SmartWaterMeterChallenge?
Thank you for pledging and joining the Smart Water Meter Challenge! Pledges received include Kantar South Africa, Parmalat, the Elvin Group, Rhodes Food Group, Astral Foods, Indigo Brands, Joekels Tea Packers, Efekto Care (Pty) Ltd, Ormonde Estate, Chill Beverages International, Sylko (Pty) Ltd, Associated Agents And Partners, Pearl Island Trading 714 (Pty) Ltd, Monteagle, RCL Food's Do More Foundation, Icon 3 Sixty (Pty) Ltd, Premier Foods, LK Products, Weber Stephen Products, USABCO, Global Coffee, Giants Canning, Cleopatra Tissue, Pioneer Foods, Frimax, The Really Great Brand Company, ABV Brands (Pty)Ltd, Winelands Radiology, Libstar Operations, Cape Cookies, DGB PTY LTD, Edward Snell & Co (Pty) Ltd., Premier Plastics (Pty) Ltd, Heineken SA, Verigreen (Pty) Ltd, Reckitt Benckiser, Eskort Limited, Nestle South Africa, Absa CIB Western Cape, GQ Tissue Products (Pty) Ltd, 99c ...
Listen to pledges made on Cape Talk:
South Africa has been battling ongoing water scarcity, with the Western Cape hit by the worst drought in a century. It was declared a disaster area in May 2017 and the water crisis is affecting everyone. Shoprite is a business that is committed to Act For Change in the communities where we trade and therefore have taken the responsibility to find innovative ways to help everyone through the water crisis.
We've extended our existing water-saving initiatives to include a smart meter roll-out programme which will save 1 million litres of water a day at schools across Cape Town. 100 Smart Water Meters are being installed at Cape Town’s top 100 high-volume water-using schools in partnership with Bridgiot, a start-up company affiliated with Stellenbosch University, which designed and built the smart water meter locally.
Corporates are challenged to PLEDGE for the installation of Smart Water Meters to other Western Cape schools in order to reach every school in the Western Cape! Schools who want to participate by funding themselves or by benefiting from a corporate pledge, can apply here.
Every 100 Smart Water Meters will save enough water per day:
"Join Shoprite in this venture and pledge to help the schools to save water. The time has come for us to work together to avoid Day Zero."
- Professor Thinus Booysen from Stellenbosch University
In addition to Bridgiot and Stellenbosch University, Cape Talk, KFM and Pragma have come on board to support Shoprite in this initiative as drought and rainfall conditions in the Western Cape continue to pose enormous challenges. And we are looking for other partners to sponsor more of Bridgiot's Dropula Smart Water Meters in order to reach all Western Cape schools.
Shoprite piloted the Smart Water Meter at Hector Peterson Secondary, who was able to save a million litres of water per month. Bridgiot’s smart water meters measure and report water use by the minute by transmitting user-friendly consumption information to an internet app‚ and users are notified of any unexpected usage patterns via SMS and email.
The Western Cape Education Departement has joined the #SmartWaterMeterChallenge by contibuting 40% towards each Smart Water Meter installed at schools. Listen to the insert on Cape Talk here:
The Group’s sponsorship of this programme is an important addition to its wide-ranging water-saving initiatives, which also include:
The ongoing subsidy on the sale of Eastern Highlands mineral water across all Western Cape stores.
An audit of all taps in stores and the installation of self-closing taps where problems occurred.
Truck and rolltainer wash activities at distribution centres have been suspended;
All garden irrigation has been suspended;
Crate wash activities at distribution centres have been reduced (while still maintaining hygiene and sanitation standards);
Utilising bricks or 500ml plastic bottles in toilet cisterns to reduce water usage in flushing in all supermarkets;
The distribution of water tanks and the installation of grey-water systems at its community food gardens across South Africa.
The Group also supports 36 PlayPumps which bring clean drinking water to over 350 000 people across South Africa daily. (A PlayPump is a specifically designed “merry-go-round” that pumps water into a reservoir as children play on it, providing a healthy water supply to rural communities.)