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Western Cape reiterates need to save water as dam levels reach 31%

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has reached 31% following recent rainfall, compared with a level of 58% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell has cautioned the public about the... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Company offers complete solution for water treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Chemical dosing and pump solutions supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) says its Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant unit, from Italy-based metering pumps manufacturer OBL, can cater for companies that need small-scale dosing equipment.  

Company offers  complete solution for water treatment works
POLISOL POLYMER PLANT There’s a gap in the market for small-scale dosing equipment that can be custom-made for a client’s applications

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging
SHARON JONES Desalination may be the most sustainable source of water in the absence of natural recharge of surface and groundwater resources

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 BHP has approved capital expenditure of $2.46-billion for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence opencut copper mine, in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years.   CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday said the SGO project supports BHP's strategy to deliver... 

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

By: News24Wire      15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Through intensive research, the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering has developed a framework to improve water efficiency in agricultural irrigation systems in South Africa, which reassesses the methods traditionally used to measure a system’s efficiency and... 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT With effective water management and good subsurface drainage, soil health conditions can be created for irrigation farming to assist with food security in South Africa

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis  

     10th August 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to journalist Dylan Slater about the ways South Africa is mitigating the water crisis. 

Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis
Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis.

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

By: News24Wire      8th August 2017 The City of Cape Town is urging all water users to reduce their water usage further during the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. The city said consumption has remained too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

New approaches key to surmounting  water infrastructure challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPEDING THE SYSTEM The development and operation of sustainable, smart water systems are hampered by supply management challenges and fiscal and broader economic constraints

Zille to bill Mokonyane millions for water systems maintenance, repairs 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is planning to slap Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane with a bill for R3.5-milllion for water infrastructure maintenance that she believes the national department should have done. The national government is responsible for the maintenance of... 

Mayor Mashaba vows to end residents' billing woes

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to take charge of the billing crisis residents have been complaining about for years. "I promised the residents that they would get our very best to relieve them of the misery they have endured at the hands of our billing system. Unfortunately, to date,... 

Localisation in infrastructure development in SADC critical for industrialisation

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical for industrialisation, according to African Integration and Industry chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans, who spoke at the SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.... 

New report shows municipalities still fall short in drinking water quality, sewage treatment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 The drinking water of three municipalities in South Africa have failed to meet the national standards for quality drinking, while 59 failed to meet the set quality standards for sewage systems, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday. This followed the nationwide testing of the... 

City of Cape Town warns of water supply restrictions for high water users

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday, warned that people with unjustifiably high water usage would face water supply restrictions as the City remained 142-million litres above the 500-million litres of collective water use per day target. “If there is a knock on your door, don’t be surprised when it... 

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

Mokonyane rejects Outa's claims of delay tactics in Lesotho water project

By: News24Wire      27th July 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has rejected with contempt allegations made by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) that she had deliberately delayed the implementation of phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. In a statement on Wednesday, Mokonyane's office said... 

Gauteng’s water levels see marginal drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2017 Gauteng’s dam levels have inched down owing to a lack of rainfall as winter progresses and, despite the “stability in the system”, water users are cautioned to use water sparingly. The Integrated Vaal River System is continuing to decline week-on-week, edging down 0.5% this week to 84.1%;... 

Drought-hit Nairobi looks to filthy dam to keep business flowing

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 As residents of Nairobi's largest slum look for new sources of water amid lingering drought, they have seized on an unlikely one: An old 88-acre water reservoir full of sewage and trash, draped in water hyacinth. The Nairobi dam has been the capital's spare water reservoir in times of drought... 

Cape Town warns residents after water consumption rockets 

By: African News Agency      25th July 2017 The City of Cape Town has warned residents to reduce water consumption immediately or face disaster, this after daily water usage rocketed to well above the target of 500-million litres per day. The City said that recent rains did not mean that life could go back to normal. 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE MULLER We shouldn’t be relying on good luck with the weather for the water security of so many people

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Environmental consultant SI Analytics, a division of JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH, has launched the new Smart Low Energy Analyser (Lea), a self-powered and multi-parameter water-quality analyser. The analyser is equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data to be used in... 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks
MARK ROWAND The Smart Low Energy Analyser will provide consistently safe water, operation efficiently, low energy demands and cut costs

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st July 2017 As the global population increases, so too the global infrastructure naturally takes strain. With the combined issues of population growth and climate change, water supplies are becoming more and more tricky to manage. 

SBS Tanks

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Cape Town's dam levels were at just over 26% on July 17, almost 17% down on the same week last year. The City says it is hard to use the last 10% of water in dams, meaning the dam levels are essentially about 16%, GroundUp reported. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these... 

Capetonians still way off water-saving target

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Capetonians missed their goal of lowering their collective water usage to 500-million litres a day, by a whopping 113-million litres in the past week, a city official said on Monday. "The city requires all water users to use less than 87l of water per person per day in total, irrespective of... 

Western Cape water levels still alarming despite recent rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2017 The Western Cape’s dam levels may have increased to an aggregate reported 25.1% on Monday, but it remains a far cry from the average level of 46% reported at the same time in 2016. Despite recent rainfall pushing the dam levels up from the 17.6% reported on May 29, the drought persisted across... 

Water and sanitation department DG given notice of intention to suspend him – DWS

By: African News Agency      17th July 2017 Water and sanitation department director general Dan Mashitisho has been given a notice of intention to suspend, subject to him providing reasons as to why he should not be suspended, the ministry said on Sunday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had “requested the DG to provide... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%
STEVE LINDSEY The founder of Lontra was nominated and shortlisted as a finalist at the 2017 European Inventor Awards

Desalination could be the answer, but financial hindrances remain – DWS 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 While desalination could be the answer to addressing water crises in South Africa, there are still a number of financial challenges surrounding it, says Department of Water and Sanitation infrastructure and operations CEO Leonardo Manus. Speaking to Engineering News Online at a media roundtable... 

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