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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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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Vocational training needed across the whole water industry

Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited : According to UNESCO, the demand for water will increase by more than 55% until the year 2050, due to the exponential growth of the human population in all countries and this is highlighted in Kenya, where population growth, urban migration and urban growth has led to an increased demand for safe and clean water.   To meet this demand, Kenya requires well-trained technicians in both water and wastewater management. This can be served by a higher investment in…

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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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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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Transport skills summit kicks off

The Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) Skills Summit, which will look into the transformation, as well as the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the sector, kicks off in Johannesburg today. The summit brings together higher learning and research institutions, captains of the transport industry, as well as transport state owned entities under the theme – ‘Driving innovation and transformative skills development initiatives bringing sustainable economic growth with a global impact’. The summit will reflect on how South Africa can have a pool of highly skilled, competitive and competent…

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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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