The link between power security and water

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (NOVEMBER 25, 2021) – California is currently on the edge of its seat during wildfire season. The U.S. state’s vast forests, many clustered in its north, are notorious for their tinderbox conditions. High winds can pick up debris such as branches, hitting power lines and causing sparks that quickly grow into infernos.   Such incidents are undoubtedly bad for California’s energy reliability. But they are flashpoints in a much bigger problem. Fires not only destroy power infrastructure, but persistent droughts are causing significant water shortages in the area,…

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Water management key to Kenya’s mining sector

Johannesburg, (SA), 25 November 2021: Kenya’s mining industry, which generated an estimated Ksh22.7 billion in 2020, is expected to grow as more operators are set to begin production next year. The western part of Kenya is undoubtedly going to attract large-scale gold mining in 2022 after Shanta Gold, a mining company with operations in Kenya and Tanzania, said additional visible gold has been identified in seven different intersections. Another mining company, Lakeside Limited has also begun prospecting for gold in Bondo, Siaya County. The projects are expected to create highly…

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Avoiding SA’s Water Crisis – Collaboration and Technology Can Make South Africa a Water-secure Nation

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (SEPTEMBER 07, 2021) – “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” These are the words of Nelson Mandela, repeated in a report produced by the WWF, CSIR and Sanlam.   Water is one of South Africa’s scarcest and most critical resources. Half of the country’s water comes from only ten percent of its surface area, and in some cases, such as Johannesburg, additional water is sourced from outside our borders. It’s not easy…

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Tackling non-revenue water will require all hands on deck

What if you didn’t get paid for 25% of your work, or in the case of South African municipalities, 41% of your work? This percentage is approximately the amount of non-revenue water generated by local towns and cities, water that cost-wise goes straight down the drain.   “Water represents a major revenue source for municipalities,” explains Chetan Mistry, Marketing and Strategy Manager for Xylem Africa. “In the United States, water revenue is second only to tax when it comes to municipal income. It’s pretty similar across the globe. So, when…

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Water is the Foundation of the Big Four Agenda

  Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited     The Big Four Agenda, announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late 2017, has four main pillars. Enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition, Universal Health Coverage and Affordable Housing. Affordable housing implies the development of adequate, standardised, and well-spaced houses with a continuous supply of clean water and electricity.   The supply of clean water continues to be a problem despite the unveiling of the government’s plans to implement a water storage programme.  The plan has a…

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Seven reasons why rural sanitation and wastewater management is vital for SA

By Chetan Mistry, Strategy and Marketing Manager for Xylem Africa We live in a digital and connected world, where we can fashion medicine through genetics and send rockets into orbit like clockwork. Yet over 2 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation, and at least a quarter of those practice open defecation. The problem is very acutely a rural one: 91 percent open defecation and 72 percent of people without basic sanitation are in rural areas, according to UNESCO.   It’s easy to forget about these people yet addressing…

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Measuring Water Usage in Rands And Cents

After the relaxation of the hard lockdown restrictions, some South Africans received shocking water bills. This is due to estimated consumption readings done by municipalities – as no meter reader was going on site. Estimated and manual meter reading are methods used to bill consumers for their water consumption. The estimated reading is when the meter reader does not go to your property. An algorithm is used to guess how much water has been consumed. This is contrasted with a manual reading; which is used to bill a consumer when…

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Risky Business – Is Water Part of Your Business Risk Assessment?

It is not any secret that business and risk go hand in hand. Threats such as IT Security and data theft and critical infrastructure blackouts are unfortunately not new to the South African business owner and are set to be on the rise in 2021. However, there is one element that is so fundamental to the survival of our businesses that we often fail to even think of it.  It encompasses all three main risk factors – namely business interruption, climate change and changes to legislation – and without it,…

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Ecotanks, the new household name in water tanks

  Ecotanks are available from major hardware retail chains and independent hardware stores throughout SA  30 September 2020 Ecotanks Ecotanks uses advanced rotational moulding technology to manufacture its products. Image: Supplied/Ecotanks Ecotank was founded in 2004 on a smallholding just outside East London, and is now one of the largest manufacturers of rainwater tanks and other rotationally moulded products in SA. With manufacturing branches in East London, Cape Town, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg, and a depot in Port Elizabeth, Ecotanks boasts a nationwide delivery footprint and service excellence track record, and a household name…

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Modernising water infrastructure: what will it take to address the water challenges in Africa?

JOHANNESBURG, SA,  Water is a critical resource and has a tremendous impact on Africa’s development. Unfortunately, climate change, together with a soaring population, has led to an increase in the demand for water – a demand that in many countries, outstrips the available resources. As the availability of water declines, the facilitation of water for domestic consumption, agriculture and other uses is becoming critical, as is the modernising of water infrastructure to meet the growing demand. Bear in mind that Africa is a continent with 1.2 billion people, and a…

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