Water Use Licence Application

of Distell's proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant, methane storage and a diesel storage facility

Project Background

Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa Pty Ltd (ERM) was appointed by Distell to conduct the Basic Assessment process for the development of a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), Methane Storage, and Diesel Storage adjacent to the existing Distell Springs Facility in Springs, Gauteng Province.

The Project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, through a Basic Assessment process. Environmental Authorisation (Ref: GAUT 002/17-18/E00226) was granted by the GDARD for the abovementioned Project on 20 August 2018.

Further to this, the Project requires a Water Use Licence (WUL) from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) under the National Water Act (NWA) (Act No. 36 of 1998) through a Water Use Licence Application (WULA) process. The triggered water uses being applied for, under Section 21 of the NWA include the following:

  • Section 21 (c): Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse; and
  • Section 21 (i): Altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse.

Project Proponent

The Distell Group is Africa’s leading producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, sold across the world. Distell Employs approximately 5 500 people and have an annual turnover of R21.5 billion.

Water Use Licence Application

Notice is hereby given of the commencement of the Water Use Licence Application process and associated public participation process required under NEMA. The WULA Report is available to the public for a 30 day comment period from 20 May 2019 to 20 June 2019. The WULA Report is available on the at the following public locations:

  • Springs Public Library located at 62 7th St, Springs New, Springs ; and
  • Distell Springs Facility located at 10 Marshall Rd, Nuffield, Springs.

Water Use License Application 1.5Mb PDF

Annexes A - I 6.8Mb PDF
Annexes J and K 8.9Mb PDF
Annexes L - O 2.8Mb PDF

Invitation to Register and Comment

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the WULA process by identifying issues of concern and providing suggestions to enhance benefits. To register as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP), submit comments, and to obtain more information, please contact Khosi Dlamini at ERM:

Email:| Tel: +27 11 798 4300 | Fax: +27 11 804 2289 | Postal: Postnet Suite 624, Private Bag x29, Gallo Manor, 2052

ERM Contact

For more information, please contact Khosi Dlamini at