Gauteng could be SA’s next Day Zero region, agriculture forum hears

Gauteng is the next potential Day Zero region in South Africa if it is hit by another drought, according to Mike Muller, adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance. Speaking at the Agri SA Water Symposium in Somerset West on Monday, he said a report on what to do to avoid Day Zero in Gauteng was already brought to the attention of authorities in the province a year ago. Prioritise farming “The Cape Town water crisis showed agriculture’s importance for the regional economy. Society recognised this…

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Water pollution an ‘invisible threat’ to global goals, economists warn

It’s an issue affecting both rich and poor countries. Kim Harrisberg, Thomson Reuters Foundation  /  The World Bank report warns of the ripple effects of water pollution on the health, economies, education and agriculture of rich and poor countries alike. Picture: Shutterstock Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world’s water quality. The World Bank report warned of the ripple effects of water pollution on the…

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Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Murdoch University academics Dr Ana Rita Sequeira, Dr Halina Kobryn and Dr Mark P McHenry report on the benefits a water infrastructure project brought to a Mozambique town.   The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40 of the global population. Just over a third of people don’t have access to safely managed drinking water. This is why the Sustainable Development Goals set out to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.…

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Veolia Connects Water Treatment to a New Digital Era

The Internet of Things takes a big leap in the water treatment industry in 2019 with the launch of Veolia Water Technologies’ new AQUAVISTA™ digital platform in Africa. This award-winning digital suite of standard and customisable water process management applications provides a rich, flexible intelligence layer that analyses, measures and benchmarks plant, process and equipment data for a whole range of functions. These include advanced analytics and diagnostics; condition monitoring; integrated asset management and benchmarking; optimisation of preventative maintenance; ensuring regulatory compliance; interactive troubleshooting; and more. This information is supplied…

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Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

After reports were sent to cabinet, water test results have not been released for five years A countrywide water shortage is a decade away unless urgent action is taken to rehabilitate and preserve our rivers and catchment areas, fix and maintain crumbling infrastructure, and implement water re-use. Without intervention, South Africa faces a deficit of about 3,000 billion litres of water per year by 2030 the Department of Water and Sanitation told a ministerial interactive session on transformation in Boksburg on 15 February. That is three times more than South Africa’s total…

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Department set to improve War on Leaks programme

The Portfolio on Water and Sanitation has welcomed the Department of Water and Sanitation’s commitment to reconsider the model of the War on Leaks programme, following challenges experienced in the last year. This, the committee said in a statement, would ensure that optimum benefit is derived from the programme. The committee has repeatedly raised concern about the effectiveness of the R2.6 billion programme, saying it has failed to make a tangible impact on non-revenue water that is being lost. “Despite the programme running for the past three years, there is…

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Calls for transformation in water sector

Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has reiterated government’s commitment for collaborative efforts to lead transformation of the water sector, as the department prepares to launch the Phakisa Process for Water and Sanitation Master Plan. Phakisa Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure that as per the ideals of the National Development Plan (NDP), the Master Plan will assist the department to achieve the desired outcomes. Minister Nkwinti was speaking at a recent Ministerial Interactive Session on the Transformation of the Water Sector, held at Boksburg in Johannesburg. The…

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SA’s dam levels continue to drop

The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on water consumers to intensify their water conservation efforts to save the country from a dry winter. The department said that South Africa’s dam levels continued to drop, despite thundershowers in some parts of the country. A weekly dam levels report released by the department this week, paints a gloomy picture about the state of water since the beginning of the heat wave two months ago. The report showed a drop in national water average from 63.6% last week to 62.9% this…

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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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