2nd July 2010
The term is used to describe non-reliance on water supplied from a municipal (piped) source.
The latest water recycling technology has been installed at its main depots in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. Figures supplied by testing and measurement over the past six months have shown water savings of approximately 75 million litres, with the car wash plants working at a recycling success rate of 85%.
During Cape Town's high rainfall during the winter months Avis decided to install a 180 000-litre water storage reservoir to capture rainwater run-off from its buildings. This water is pumped back into the car wash facility to negate the 15% clean water requirement, increasing Avis's water savings by an additional two million litres a year. The depot now saves about 30 million litres per annum.
Avis Chief Executive, Wayne Duvenage, says by reducing its water use, the company has recorded another milestone in its sustainability journey. "The same 'water neutral' system is being installed at the new King Shaka International Airport and will be up and running in June," says Wayne.