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Comment on the proposed application to renew the Atlantis aquifer integrated water use licence<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">About</h2></span> <p>As part of our Atlantis Water Resource Management Scheme (AWRMS) development and upgrade, we intend to apply for an integrated water use licence from the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) for groundwater abstraction and the managed aquifer recharge (MAR) of the Atlantis aquifer.</p><p>We have an existing groundwater registration with DWS (registration certificate number 22060804) for the abstraction of 5 million-m³ groundwater per annum from the Atlantis aquifer. </p> We also have an existing water use licence (licence number 19/G21B/E2789) for recharging the aquifer and irrigation of municipal grass parks with treated effluent (volume: 5 142 095 m³ per annum) from the Wesfleur Wastewater Treatment Plant. This authorisation was issued on 15 December 2014, and is valid until December 2034. <p></p><h4>The new integrated water use licence will be for:</h4><ul><li>the abstraction of up to 13 million m³ groundwater per annum from the Atlantis aquifer; </li><li>the recharging of the aquifer and irrigation of grass parks with treated effluent and stormwater runoff (volume up to 13 080 000 m³ per annum) from the Wesfleur Wastewater Treatment Plant and Atlantis town respectively; </li><li>the upgrade and operation of an existing weir and pump house within 100 m of Silwerstroom; and </li><li>emergency discharging of treated effluent and/or stormwater into the Donkergat River.</li></ul><p>The AWRMS abstracts groundwater for municipal bulk supply for domestic, urban, industrial, commercial, and small-scale agricultural use for the Atlantis town and surrounding areas and has been in operation for over 40 years.</p><h4>Location</h4><p>The proposed activities will take place in the town of Atlantis, located approximately 50 km north of Cape Town.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Comment period<br></h2><p>Submit your comments and objections from <strong>1 August – 30 September 2022</strong>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Submit your comment</h2><p> <strong>Online</strong><br> <a href="" target="_blank">Submit your comment online</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Contact us<br></h2><p>For more information and general enquiries, contact:</p><h4>Candice Lasher</h4><p> <em>Email:<br> <a href=""></a></em></p><p>Or</p><h4>Philani Msimango</h4><p> <em>Email:<br> <a href=""></a></em></p>GP0|#cc1f7b28-f43b-45ab-a0f2-08b4fefef7ed;L0|#0cc1f7b28-f43b-45ab-a0f2-08b4fefef7ed|Issues open for public comment;GTSet|#a7cfb90d-44ad-4426-98ce-565f79932396;GPP|#79e6adda-2aa2-4523-bc29-296828216c931 August – 30 September 20220





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