Getting a taste of a career in water management
11 September 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916167
SIVA Chetty, Veolia KwaZulu-Natal Operations Manager, spoke to learners at Dr. Nembula High School in Folweni recently as part of National Science Week, in conjunction with the KZN Science Centre, sharing his knowledge on the importance of water reuse and careers associated with combating climate change.
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, led by the Department of Science and Technology. Various stakeholders, role players and interest groups conduct activities that promote awareness of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Innovation (STEMI). The theme for 2019 was “Facing the harsh realities of climate change”.
According to Chetty, science and engineering are making significant inroads in addressing challenges such as environmental pollution and climate change.
He spoke about Veolia’s commitment to working towards water security, climate change response and sustainable development. He also discussed a Durban-based project to expose youth and society to the company’s ambitions for a circular economy. The main goals of the project are to partner with local organisations, schools, artists and universities to promote sustainable living, waste recycling and re-use, and using renewable energy.
Chetty cited Veolia’s Durban Water Recycling (DWR) Plant as a flagship example of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that simultaneously addresses water security and environmental sustainability. Commissioned in May 2001, DWR treats domestic and industrial effluent to near potable standards for reuse by local industry.
He also shared his own story of attending a rural school in Cliffdale where there were severe water shortages. He recounted how he embraced science and aspired to qualify as a chemical engineer. He has worked for over 30 years in the water and environmental field.