Reaping the rewards

Arabella Country Estate, one of SA’s leading lifestyle and golfing residential estates situated along the Bot River Lagoon in Kleinmond, is reaping the rewards of their long established water and environmental management plans despite the current drought conditions plaguing the country and the Western Cape in particular.

“Over the past 20 years we have taken action to forge long-term sustainable plans regarding water and our immediate environment to ensure sustainability and that we are able to mitigate many future issues. Through the use of established boreholes, a water purification plant, wastewater treatment for recycling and re-use as well as storm water harvesting, the estate is able to ensure sustainable water usage.” explains Estate Manager for Arabella Country Estate, Dirk Uys.

A recent study conducted by Parsons & Associates Specialist Groundwater Consultants, who have been monitoring the estates groundwater for more than 20 years, showed that management and monitoring of the groundwater supply scheme at Arabella Country Estate has resulted in groundwater successfully meeting the estates water demand with no apparent negative or significant impacts. Based on the results of the monitoring from October 1997 to October 2017, it can be seen that Arabella Country Estate is using their groundwater resource sustainably, this is in spite of three successive years of below average rainfall.

“We realised early on that a lack of appreciation for our resources, one being water, would negatively impact the estates sustainability and future value,” says Dirk. “Our aim is to ensure that at Arabella, we do our utmost to reduce our demands on the Western Cape’s precious water supplies and keep our estate functioning at the highest standards.”

Arabella has consistently over the years been awarded their full ISO 14001 Certification, which is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps to improve the environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste as well as identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a “holistic” manner. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.

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