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Sewage and Effluent

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades

26th April 2019 A new, resilient and efficient approach to sanitation resource management is required to overcome the national backlog confronting South Africa’s sewage treatment infrastructure, says water solutions specialist Veolia Water Technologies South Africa marketing GM Chris Braybrooke. He adds that the... 

Drives range ensures efficiency in sewage treatment applications

26th April 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG’s  NORD drives range is designed for optimum efficiency in sewage treatment applications. “NORD range, which consist of unicase helical shaft mounted geared motors, have special features to meet the requirements imposed during water treatment procedures,” says BMG... 

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector

26th April 2019 The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti 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. The Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure... 

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector
Photo by Creamer Media
GAME-CHANGER Phakisa for Water and Sanitation will change the department and the sector as a whole

Scope to upgrade wastewater plants amid industry lull

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 Owing to ageing infrastructure, overloaded treatment plant and poor maintenance, the water and wastewater infrastructure in South Africa is a dire situation. Government has had challenges on upgrading this infrastructure owing to numerous issues, particularly in the sewage and effluent sector. 

Scope to upgrade wastewater plants amid industry lull
CONSTANTLY EVOLVING Companies should consider looking into trends that can provide technological improvements for their in-house products

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity
WASTE TREATED Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused

Sewers could help clean the atmosphere

26th April 2019 Sewage treatment – an unglamorous backbone of urban living – could offer a cost-effective way to combat climate change by flushing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Last year, researchers at Princeton University concluded that sewer plants serving municipalities globally offer a major option... 

Rescue Rod

26th April 2019 Rescue Rod has specialised in pipeline cleaning, horizontal drilling, waste management, pipeline rehabilitation and CCTV inspections with the best technology available since 1990. With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial drain... 

Rescue Rod

Andrew Mentis

18th April 2019 Established in 1950, Andrew Mentis started as a precision engineering works and has grown into a leading supplier of steel grating on the African continent. Grating is an engineered product and Andrew Mentis manufactures it in such a way as to ensure that it has the appropriate load-bearing... 

Andrew Mentis

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

DWS hosts workshop  on water and sanitation
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns  

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 With the objective of saving about 580-million litres of water a year through its low-flush cistern toilet system project, utility company Joburg Water says the project can also save the city about R3.5-million a year. “Households currently use 29% of their water for flushing. The project is... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns
Joburg Water communications and marketing manager Isaac Dhludhlu discusses new water projects that the city is undertaking for the next two years. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Rescue Rod

23rd April 2018 Rescue Rod has been involved in providing pipeline services and waste management in various ways since 1990. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and offers some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the... 

Rescue Rod

Sewer manual to be published next month

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will publish its comprehensive sewer product manual next month that provides detailed information on its range of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe applications and installations in the sewage and effluent sector.  

Sewer manual  to be published  next month
RENIER SNYMAN A properly designed and installed sewer system can last an excess of 50 years

Workshop addresses sanitation policies for forums

28th April 2017 Last month, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) held a workshop in which issues pertaining to water and sanitation policies, illegal connections and the implications thereof, water tariffs and billing systems, as well as water restrictions and licensing, were presented.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Outa investigates DWS

28th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has raised concern over the widespread violation of the public’s constitutional right of access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.  

Outa investigates DWS
JULIUS KLEYNHANS The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is concerned about the state of water affairs and the lack of accountability

Ambitious target for sanitation globally

28th April 2017 The Sustainable Development Goal for sanitation is an ambitious one and was the subject of much discussion and anxiety for delegates from around the world at the fourth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM4), held in India, in February.  

Ambitious target for  sanitation globally
SUSTAINABLE GOALS The 2017 faecal sludge management conference outlined various countries’ targets towards sustainable sewage treatment by 2030

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 With the combined issues of population growth and climate change as well as water supplies becoming more and more tricky to manage, important solutions to these many challenges is the treatment of sewage and effluent. 

SBS Tanks

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

Solutions company installs latest innovation
FIRST INSTALLATION The MobiSewer incoporates all sewage treatment processes in one container

Sewage pipes company joins Sappma

22nd April 2016 Supply and installation specialists plastic pipe manufacturer Pexmart, which manufactures pipes of between 20 mm and 800 mm and fits high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes for the water, sewage and industrial pipes industries has joined the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association... 

Sewage pipes company joins Sappma
NEW MEMBERS Close to 90% of all plastic pipes produced in South Africa are now represented by Sappma

Rural sewage treatment improved by new membrane

22nd April 2016 Water, energy, air and hygiene solutions specialist ImproChem believes that a critical contributor to a healthy population is a well managed sewage process. Owing to this, the company has designed membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for the treatment of sewage at plants in rural municipalities. 

Rural sewage treatment  improved by new membrane
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT The steps needed to clean sewage might decrease significantly

Cape Town receives new technology for sewer construction

22nd April 2016 The AVN 800 XC Herrenknecht micro-tunnelling machine (AVN 800), which will be used for a sewer project, has been delivered to the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation at a cost of R10.6-million. 

Pure oxygen can improve sewage treatment

22nd April 2016 The introduction of high purity oxygen (Oxy-Dep) technology at wastewater treatment facilities can serve to augment the capacity of sewage aeration basins in the short term, says gas supplier Air Products national sales manager Sachin Kulkarni. 

Pure oxygen can improve  sewage treatment
SACHIN KULKARNI Using oxygen to aerate sewage is more efficient

CSIR successfully purifies sewage using algae 

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 The algae treatment project implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during the course of 2015 in the town of Motetema, in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality is fully operational. 

CSIR successfully purifies sewage using algae
PONDS The algae treatment system uses the existing ponds

New contracts awarded to ECS

22nd April 2016 Engineering specialists Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) has been contracted to replace a range of screw pumps at water authority Severn Trent Water’s large sewage treatment works in Mansfield, in England. 

New contracts awarded to ECS
SCREW PUMPS Archimedes screw pumps from ECT have greater capacity and are easier to maintain

Digester system makes sewage management cost effective

22nd April 2016 The KomBio digester system reactor from tank and systems solutions provider LIPP, in the UK, is an economical solution for energy production at biogas plants and stabilisation of sewage sludge. 

Digester system makes sewage management cost effective
KOMBIO SYSTEM The new system will help to stabilise sewage and speed up biofuel production

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Plastic pipe specialists Marley Pipe Systems has throughout 2015 and in 2016 supplied high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Megatuff pipes that are suitable for electrofusion in sewage system upgrades throughout South Africa. 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes
ELECTROFUSION WELDING The electrofusion welding uses a smaller machine and requires less time to weld

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology

22nd April 2016 Owing to economic necessities and new legal regulations dictating the course in the international water and sewage industry, trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management IFAT – taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich, Germany – will showcase how the environmental... 

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology
IFAT TRADE FAIR The water sector at IFAT will show how the industry is responding to water and sewage crises around the world

Excessive water restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Extreme and prolonged water restrictions could have a negative impact on the sewage treatment system if it is not managed properly says the Water Research Commission (WRC). 

Excessive water  restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems
TREATMENT PLANT The impact of a draught on the sewerage system is still being researched

Sasol to complete design of biogas plant by year-end

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol will finalise the conceptual design of a 60 Mℓ anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) at the end of this year, which is expected to generate 40 MW of electricity by treating a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant’s industrial effluent to produce methane-rich biogas. Sasol... 

Sasol to complete design of  biogas plant by year-end
ANAEROBIC MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR Sasol’s 20 000 ℓ pilot scale plant was completed in 2013 following a 12-month construction period

Coega rolls out R126m sanitation upgrade

24th April 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is currently rolling out a R126-million sanitation upgrade project at rural schools in the Eastern Cape on behalf the Eastern Cape Department of Education (DoE). The programme will see 947 toilets built at 108 schools in the Transkei region of the province... 

Corrosion specialist completes wastewater plant contract

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni completed a supply and installation contract in September 2014 for the Hannes van Niekerk Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westonaria, in Gauteng’s West Rand district municipality, providing a... 

Wastewater treatment works construction kicks off in June

24th April 2015 Phase 3 construction of the Maclear Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) upgrade project, in the Eastern Cape’s Joe Gqabi district municipality, will start in June this year, says South African black-owned engineering firm Gibb, This phase will include the construction of the WWTW, and the... 

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