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Water Week

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Programme complements government objectives

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa welcomed the first class of students for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management this year. 

Programme complements government objectives
BIMO NKHATA Water Week is crucial for highlighting the role that every person has to play in using water responsibly and sustainably

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Responsible water  use habits a focus  for the long term
ANTONINO MANUS South Africa cannot afford a retraction in economic growth stemming from unjustifiably high water use

Water management crucial for ensuring economic viability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 It is imperative that water resources and assets be protected and preserved through collective and holistic water management to secure the economic future of South Africa, says engineering consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff hydrology senior associate Karen King. 

Water management crucial for ensuring economic viability
WATER AWARENESS Water Week must be supported as a platform for communicating that water resources need to be collectively and holistically managed by South Africans

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 In an era where conserving water is growing ever more critical, given the shortage of fresh and drinkable water, recycling and reuse plays a pivotal role in driving forward sustainable solutions that will allow for the longevity of South Africa’s water supply, says waste management business... 

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans
REUSE AND RECYCLING An underground wastewater treatment plant installed by Interwaste last year that will ensure that efficient reuse of water at the site

Sinvac Piping

     10th June 2016 Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. 

Sinvac Piping

Drought presents opportunities for entrepreneurs

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 While the current drought presents several challenges for local businesses, it has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs with workable water conservation solutions, says independent business association Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) president Ernest Mahlaule.... 

Drought presents opportunities for entrepreneurs
Photo by Duane Daws
BUCKET HALF FULL While the drought has caused many problems for the southern African region, innovative entrepreneurs may benefit from the opportunities its created

Lesotho’s water woes not exacerbated by LHWP

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Despite allegations by disgruntled Lesotho residents, the country’s water problems are because of the prevailing drought and not as a consequence of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), says Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LDHA) public relations manager Masilo Phakoe. He notes... 

Lesotho’s water woes not exacerbated by LHWP
KATSE DAM The Lesotho Highlands Water Project delivers water to South Africa at an average rate of 25 m³/s, or 780-million cubic metres of water a year

Water collection initiatives still vital for drought stricken areas

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Professional industry association Plastics|SA urges businesses and residents to continue collecting water for drought-stricken areas, noting that while instances of localised and infrequent rainfall have resulted in a false sense of security for some citizens, the drought is not over. Last month... 

Water collection initiatives still vital for drought stricken areas
BOTTLE HOARDING Plastics|SA's collects about 3500 lites of water a day

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

Water problems will continue – consultancy

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services firm WSP∣Parsons Brinkerhoff... 

Water problems will continue – consultancy
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming

Water restrictions remain a possibility

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average rainfall for the remainder of... 

Water restrictions  remain a possibility
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16

DWA sees improvement in municipal management

     6th March 2015 The assessment data from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Green Drop water quality certification programme suggests that municipal performance in wastewater management has improved steadily and significantly over the last five years since the programme was launched in 2008. 

Gas company provides CO2 to remineralise AMD

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), provided by gas products and services company Afrox, has been successfully integrated into a water treatment system at coal miner Optimum Coal’s water reclamation plant near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. The system treats acid mine drainage (AMD) during the... 

Gas company provides CO2 to remineralise AMD
Photo by Duane Daws
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply

Mining, fracking not good for water-scarce South Africa – JCCI

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Owing to its water-intensive nature, new mining and infrastructural development needs to be carefully considered in South Africa, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Joan Warburton-McBride, who believes that, for the same reason, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should not be an... 

Mitigation measures needed to combat water infrastructure theft

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related infrastructure, which is sold as... 

Plastics manufacturer publishes guide on pipe pressure testing

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Identifying a need to clarify the South African National Standards (SANS) organisation’s SANS 2001 pressure test regulations, plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics in 2014 developed and published a guide on how to conduct the pressure testing of pipes. 

Research begins on solar-powered seawater desalination

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 French-based water treatment and waste management solutions provider Suez Environnement has signed a research contract with United Arab Emirates-based university the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to study seawater desalination, with a plan to... 

Water industries prepare for Seventh World Water Forum

     6th March 2015 About 35 000 delegates from more than 170 countries are expected to gather at this year’s World Water Forum, which will take place from April 12 to 17 in the South Korean cities of Daegu and Gyeongju. The forum, which is jointly organised by multistakeholder platform organisation the World Water... 

Water professionals agree: South African cities can achieve water excellence 

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 South Africa and many other developing nations had an opportunity to leapfrog conventional inefficient water systems and lead the way in achieving water-sensitive urban areas, announced Monash University water engineering professor Ana Deletic at the launch of the Water Research Commission’s... 

Water professionals agree: South African cities can achieve water excellence
Dhesigan Naidoo discusses water sensitive design.

Bloemwater head office is going green

     7th March 2014 During the South African Water Week from March 17 to 23, the Water Research Commission (WRC) is launching the Bloemwater hydropower project, in an attempt to save on energy costs for the Bloemfontein area as well as the country. The University of Pretoria (UP), supported by the WRC, has been... 

Bottled water the most sustainable packaged drink

     7th March 2014 In light of water week, South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) highlights that the entire bottled water industry in South Africa uses less water than that used to irrigate two golf courses. The usage of water by the total South African bottled water industry equates to 22.7 ℓ... 

Desalination a solution to SA’s growing water demand

By: Carina Borralho     7th March 2014 Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon says that, water, which is a finite resource and is mostly allocated to users, will become significantly more expensive for South Africans, as companies will have to start using water from the ocean to produce drinking... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050

By: Carina Borralho     7th March 2014 The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that, by 2050, more than 60% of the population in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa, will live under severe water stress. “Unless powerful measures are taken to boost water productivity, we run the risk of... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050
ANTON EARLE The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water

Emergency treatment plant tackles pollution

     15th March 2013 Following a pollution crisis in the Berg river, Stellenbosch municipality, in the Western Cape, contracted consulting and contracting engineering services provider Prentec, in 2010, to design a new emergency sewage treatment plant at Franschhoek, to eliminate the risk of any further pollution to... 

Good-quality meters important for revenue

     15th March 2013 The decision to invest in high-quality water meters, which are specifically designed and improved for South African water conditions, can significantly reduce nonrevenue water consumption and increase an authority’s revenue. 

Great water savings realised with water-consumption reducing system

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 Based on its operations, it is a priority for car rental company Europcar to assess its organisational activities and identify areas where its environmental impact could be reduced, says Europcar CEO Dawn Nathan-Jones.  

Groundwater management important for South Africa

     15th March 2013 South Africa is a water-stressed semi-arid country with limited yearly rainfall supply and a lack of perennial streams, which, together with future population growth and the uncertainty brought on by climate change are likely to have significant financial, human and ecological impacts on already... 

R4m allocated to encourage conservation in water-scarce SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 South Africans have an obligation to conserve water every day, respect it and use it responsibly and efficiently, as the country is water scarce, states the Department of Water Affairs (DWA), which has budgeted R4-million for this year’s National Water Week (NWW). 

Research hopes to develop future water security in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 Research undertaken by the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA), reveals that only 8% of South Africa’s land surface provides 50% of the country’s water and that some of these areas are under threat from mining operations and climate change.  

Retailer emphasises water conservation during 2013 National Water Week

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 South African retailer Woolworths will celebrate this year’s National Water Week, from March 18 to 24, by highlighting the country’s water challenges through in-store communication, social media messaging and awareness programmes for its employees. 

SA water security a concern, demand increases for industrial water-treatment solutions

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 South Africa is a water-stressed country and industries consume a sizeable portion of available water, while also discharging an equally sizable amount of wastewater into the natural environment, says water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont South Africa.  

Toolkit highlights water conservation in businesses

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 A new workweek-based toolkit for this year’s Green Office Week (GOW), a yearly initiative of publishing house Dictum, should highlight the importance of conserving water among businesses, when it is launched in April. 

Water risks a concern for businesses

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 South African businesses need to assess their reliance on water and introduce strategies that will enable them to adapt as water resources become scarcer, says global professional services firm KPMG senior economist and water sector leader Kim Adonis. 

Instrumentation supplier tackles water loss

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Instrumentation and control products supplier N & Z Instruments last month released the latest version of it’s battery-powered water flow meter’s supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system, N&Z customer services officer Ray Baldwin tells Engineering News. 

Manufacturer introduces water conservation products 

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla has introduced two new product ranges that it believes will assist in conserving and protecting South Africa’s water resources, Rocla sales engineer Justin Kretzmar tells Engineering News. 

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