Gauteng dam levels improve while Western Cape continues to decline

Most Gauteng dams are bursting at seams, thanks to the incessant rains that fell over large parts of the province recently, a weekly report released by the Department of Water and Sanitation stated on Tuesday. The average level recorded after the rains stands at 101 percent, followed by Free State and Mpumalanga with 92,2 percent and 81,7 percent respectively However, if reports by the South African Weather Services are anything to go by, KwaZulu- Natal will soon occupy the top spot after the predicted heavy downpours that are expected in…

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Water – heart of sustainable development

    Johannesburg South Africa, 09 March 2018   World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March every year, and each year it highlights a specific aspect of fresh water. This year’s theme is ‘Nature for Water’, which will be amplified through the South African Department of Water and Sanitation’s National Water Week awareness campaign from 18-24 March 2018.   “These campaigns serve as a powerful reminder of the value of water and the role it plays in Sustainable Development Goal 6, growth of the economy and the eradication of…

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Sanitech increasing it’s footprint into Namibia.

A Recent acquisition by Sanitech, a division of Waco Africa, has increased its ability to meet customer needs as well as expand its footprint further into Africa. Rent-A-Toilet’s Namibian operations were integrated into Sanitech as from October 2017. This acquisition allows Rent-A-Toilet great opportunities for both employees and customers, while increasing Sanitech’s footprint into Namibia.          Sanitech, known as Kwikform in Namibia, has made in-roads into various industries since opening an office in 2016. “We saw the opportunity to roll out more services to more customers in…

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SOUTH AFRICA #CapeWaterGate: Business under strain in Cape water crisis

When water is scarce, the industry hardest hit is agriculture, where job losses are already projected to reach tens of thousands. As the Western Cape is discovering, however, there are other businesses that are heavily water-dependent – from the obvious (swimming pool installers) to the less obvious (abattoirs) – and taking serious strain in the water crisis. On the flip side, the amount of water dedicated for industrial use is also under scrutiny. By REBECCA DAVIS. “Big business should be held to harsher water restrictions than individual consumers,” wrote academic…

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Desalination plans underway for SA

Plans are underway to ensure that South Africa gains the capacity to desalinate its own seawater. Speaking at the 38th Expert Group meeting of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) on Monday, acting Director General of the Department of Energy, Tseliso Maqubela, said the City of Cape Town at which the meeting was held is facing drought and the highest level of water restrictions. GIF is a co-operative international endeavour which was set up to carry out the research and development needed to establish the feasibility and performance capabilities of…

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Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

BY: CHRISTOPHER A. SCOTT Wastewater from sewage that is churned out by expanding cities and towns worldwide helps meet food security globally, especially in developing regions. It is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised. A new study shows how widespread this practice is among farmers who grow our food. Using satellite images, Geo spatial data sets, and computer modelling of the water cycle, the report estimates…

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SA water treatment infrastructure to benefit from patented polymer system

SA water treatment infrastructure to benefit from patented polymer system

PMPS, leading packaged metering and pumping solution provider in South Africa, is soon to launch Italian OBL Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant to the South African market. Used in water and waste water treatment plants, the system’s unrivalled wetting-in capabilities mean better, higher quality yields of the world’s most precious resource: water. Water is fast becoming central to the South African economy – and way of life – a fact that necessitates a rethink about how efficiently this resource is processed, used and reused. Packaged Metering & Pumping Solutions’ (PMPS)…

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