Water security appears consistently in the top five global economic risks, according to the World Economic Forum. Rising populations, climate change and industrial development continues to put pressure on our water systems.
Balancing the trade-off between competing demands for an increasingly scarce resource requires innovation. Zutari has a dedicated team of leading experts ready to assist.
Our team of engineers, technologists, planners, programme managers and environmental scientists are passionate about water. For over 80 years, Zutari has been providing support and skills to organisations in numerous geographies and on various scales. We maintain one of the largest groups of professional water engineers in South Africa, if not on the African continent.
At present, Zutari has over 200 water professionals concentrated in our Gauteng and Cape Town offices, but also present in all the major metros in South Africa. Our presence also extends to various other countries in East, West, and Central Africa.
With a deep knowledge of local regulatory environments, technical expertise and a focus on creativity and technology, Zutari helps governments, utilities, companies, manufacturers and developers manage the efficient use of this precious resource.
Africa’s water challenges require investment and innovation
To unlock sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits, we have expertise in a wide range of water related disciplines, including:
- Water resources management and climate change
- Dams and hydropower
- Bulk conveyance and storage
- Water treatment including re-use and desalination
- Wastewater and biosolids treatment
- Operations and asset management
Let us help you investigate alternative water supplies
While demand management will continue to be an important component for managing the variability of water supply, landlocked countries and regions will increasingly recognise the importance of alternative water-supplies for sustainability. The private sector will have an increasing role in coming up with long-term water solutions. Zutari’s advisory services help public and private organisations unlock opportunities that are mutually beneficial in their regions.
A history in Africa to be proud of
We are a trusted advisor to several major municipalities, water boards and water utilities. We are currently the international support consultant developing a water resource plan for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Kenya. Zutari has also contributed to many national and regional climate-change studies, including the Long-Term Adaptation Scenarios (LTAS) flagship research programme, and the CSIR’s greenbook for climate risk for municipalities.
We have designed some of the most significant bulk water infrastructure solutions, including the Berg River dam, the VRESAP pipeline, the Lower Thukela bulk water supply scheme, the Olifants River water resources development project, the Mokolo Crocodile water augmentation project, the Lesotho Highlands water project, and Maguga dam in eSwatini.
Several projects have also won awards for innovation, with the most recent including the Stortemelk hydropower plant, the Leliefontein Pump-As-Turbine (PAT) water-energy solution, and the Meulwater and Preekstool water-treatment plants.