Seeing the bigger picture

What do chocolate manufacturer, a lactose manufacturer and a gold mine have in common? Water ofcourse, and the need to use this resource efficiently and ethically.

At Lacsa, Mars and Sibanye Gold, the Industrial Water team at Royal HaskoningDHV took a holisitic approach of each water system to achieve this. We understand that a water treatment requirement is often only a symptom of a larger system issue. Treating it in isolation is therefore not going to fix the real problem.

We consider the units and processes upstream of the water issue as well as the impacts and opportunities for water after treatment. We also taken into account aspects that are closely tied to water such as chemical usage, energy, and product losses. Through this holisitic approach we can pinpoint the real issue and address it rather than merely treating a symptom.



A better way forward: Towards resource efficiency and cleaner production

The South African governement is keen to promote and enable a cleaner and more sustainable industrial sector and Lacsa aims to improve the utilization of resources in its pharmaceuticals production processes. Royal HaskoningDHV successfully identified a number of more sustainable – and commercially beneficial – routes towards a more environmentally-responsible future for Lacsa.







Soft option for Sibanye Gold: Crystalactor delivers high quality water at a lower cost

Owing to water scarcity and drought impacts, Sibanye Gold had an acute need to reduce water usage at one of its South African mines. In the first project of its kind anywhere in Africa, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Crystalactor technology was deployed to treat and soften high calcium underground dolomitic water to potable water standards (SANS 241). This yielded valuable reductions in both water usage and costs for Sibanye Gold.





Sweet: Mars uses 50% less water to produce choc bars

Clean water is a scarce resource worldwide. Food producer Mars is therefore keen to save as much water as possible within its production processes. How did Mars set about reducing its Water Footprint in a sustainable manner? With the help of the WaterScan technology of Royal HaskoningDHV - making Mars’ water purification process 50% more efficient.