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UNDP, WRC award R3m grant to water innovators  

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2020 Seven water innovators have been awarded an aggregate R7-million grant to kick off field testing and further product development after a call for solutions to help resolve some of South Africa’s water challenges, particularly those exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations... 

Stable dam levels boost the Integrated Vaal River System

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2020 The aggregate water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to climb as the critical dams feeding it remain stable. The IVRS increased to 57.1% this week, up from the 56.8% recorded in the comparative week last year. 

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd November 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, on Sunday, launched the uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme, set to service more than 3 000 households in the areas of Albert Falls, Mpolweni, Nadi, Cool Air, Efaye, Kwazibusele, Ntanzi, Mtulwa and Mount Elias. The scheme is... 

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Umgeni Water appoints acting CFO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2020 Kajal Singh has been appointed acting CFO of Umgeni Water with immediate effect and until such time as an appointment for the position of permanent CE has been finalised. The follows an announcement by the company on October 22 that former CFO Nomalungelo Mkhize had been appointed acting CE. 

Global Water Partnership Southern Africa teams up with DBSA to realise water projects 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote investment and collaboration for water and sanitation projects in the Southern Africa region. The MoU was signed by... 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Local water technology company Xylem has partnered with Berlin water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) to produce Berlin Reuse Brew. Berlin Reuse Brew is a beer made from purified and treated wastewater. 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water
Xylem Water Solutions treatment project manager Brendan van Wyk discusses the use of ozone and ultraviolet technology in the cleaning processes in breweries and wineries. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.10.20

Climate change could make Cape Town a very dry place

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2020 Scientists at two American institutions, Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have warned that climate change caused by human activities has greatly increased the probability of Cape Town being again afflicted by very severe droughts such as that... 

European firms say South Africa’s poor utilities deter investment

By: Bloomberg     12th November 2020 European businesses are delaying investment in South Africa because of poor power and water supply and the costs of complying with Black economic empowerment legislation, representatives of an industry body said. South Africa has suffered intermittent power outages since 2008 after the state... 

UFS, CBSS partner to design groundwater monitoring network for Central Karoo 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th November 2020 Independent specialists and researchers from the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) at the University of the Free State (UFS), in partnership with specialists from Carin Bosman Sustainable Solutions (CBSS), have been appointed by the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) to design a... 

WRC moves wastewater surveillance programme into pilot phase

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2020 The Water Research Commission’s (WRC’s) emerging national wastewater surveillance programme has reached a milestone as it moves from the first phase proof-of-concept into a “catalysing” pilot phase. The WRC launched the first stage towards the development of a national wastewater surveillance... 

Temperatures up, dam levels down – KZN residents urged to save water

By: African News Agency      29th October 2020 Residents across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have been urged to use water sparingly as temperatures rise and the national department of water and sanitation saying it had recorded a drop in dam levels across the province and South Africa. The department’s national spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, said via a... 

 Temperatures up, dam levels down – KZN residents urged to save water

Local water professionals condemn Trump’s Ethiopian dam comments 

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and the Water Institute of Southern Africa, in a joint statement, condemn US President Donald Trump’s “inflammatory” statement about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).   The South African water professionals say they are deeply concerned... 

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has confirmed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had resolved a matter that involved delayed payment of service providers and, specifically, the department has paid R80-million to Sedibeng Water for continuation of... 

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Ethiopia slams pressure after Trump remark on destroying dam

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 Ethiopia slammed international pressure regarding its long-running dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a hydropower dam on the Nile River, after US President Donald Trump suggested Cairo could destroy the dam. “Ethiopia will not cave in to aggressions of any kind,” the office of Ethiopian Prime... 

Dept reaffirms commitment to implement water projects in KZN

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal has maintained that it will oversee the speedy implementation of water infrastructure projects across the province. This comes as the provincial water storage continued to decline week-on-week to 52.1% this week from 52.7% last week. 

Umgeni Water CEO resigns with immediate effect

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2020 Thamsanqa Hlongwa has resigned as the chief executive of Umgeni Water with immediate effect, the State-owned entity announced on Thursday. In a note to shareholders, South Africa's second largest water board said that Hlongwa's resignation had been accepted. 

Tunnelling works progressing at Lesotho Highlands Water Project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 Underground tunneling works inside the two Polihali diversion tunnels are progressing well, with excavations advancing from the outlets at about 6 m a day per tunnel at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) site. So far, the excavation of the intake and outlet portals have been completed and... 

Tunnelling works progressing at Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Rand Water's Eikenhof pumping station unable to operate amid power outage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2020 Water utility Rand Water says its Eikenhof pumping station has not been operating since early on October 21 as a result of an unplanned electricity outage. "Rand Water’s reservoir levels that receive water supply from the Eikenhof pumping station are now at significantly reduced levels. 

Cape Town lifts water restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2020 The City of Cape Town has lifted its strict water restrictions after several years of drought conditions and a close call with a “day zero” scenario where the taps could have run dry. Now the dams are 100% full and providing the city with water. 

DWS plans to advertise for contractors for Vaal river pollution project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will start seeking competent contractors over the next few weeks to assist in resolving the protracted sewage pollution of the Vaal river. The department, after finalising the scope of what is required to solve the longstanding sewage pollution... 

Reliable and sustainable water solution found in Karoo

16th October 2020 Groundwater specialists from engineering consultants SRK Consulting have assisted in ensuring Prince Albert local municipality in the Karoo is able to provide a reliable and sustainable supply of groundwater to local communities at Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape. Prince Albert local municipality... 

Reliable and sustainable water solution found in Karoo
FULL FLOW Tapping water from the boreholes required a borehole pump design and installation, pipeline design to connect boreholes to existing infrastructure, as well as project and contractor management

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Expansion set  for completion
UPHILL BATTLE One of the challenges faced during the project entailed an uphill installation which Zimile Consulting Engineers successfully completed without complications

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss
SMART DETECTIVE The Smart Ball water leak detection an assessment tool can be deployed without having to disrupt the flow within the system

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Data-driven approach for water approached

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The time to apply a data-driven approach to optimise water distribution in South Africa is now, says consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group director Bongani Dladla. “This could be the country’s catalyst for digital transformation – the point when municipalities start using technology... 

Data-driven approach for water approached
TANK TRACING A data-driven approach will help optimise water use and its infrastructure suggest Royal HaskoningDHV

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Steel products and related services company Structa Group recently launched the marketing drive for its new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheet, cold rolled, with a stiffening profile.  

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched
TANK TOP The Maxi range of tanks offers water storage capacity of up to 1.5Mℓ

Department urges users to continue saving water as dam levels stabilise

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called on Gauteng residents to continue saving water, despite some small dams in the province being in a stable state, according to this week’s ‘State of Reservoirs’ report issued published by the department. The provincial water storage is... 

Garden Route region receives much-needed rains

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2020 Having received inadequate rainfall over the last few years, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Western Cape is “elated with the much-needed rain” that fell in the Garden Route and surrounding areas recently. The previously low rainfall had affected the Central Karoo, Little... 

Wastewater, rainwater, storm water and greywater alternatives to constrained surface, ground water

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2020 A combination of conservation management, rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and the reuse of treated effluent from centralised and decentralised facilities should help to address the issue of water scarcity over the long term, a study by University of Stellenbosch Department of Industrial... 

Western Cape dams continue to fill up to near capacity

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 Dams levels in the Western Cape continue to rise, with the average level for dams in the province increasing marginally to a new high of 81.2%, which is up from 65.1% at the same time in 2019. The latest level for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town are 100.3%, up from the 80.2% during... 

Consultations around Cape Town water tariffs under way

By: African News Agency      7th October 2020 The City of Cape Town is rejoicing after its dam levels reached a staggering 100.8%. In a statement released by the city council, it said the dams supplying the Cape Town metro increased from 99.5% to 100.8% capacity between September 28 and October 4. 

Ethiopia says GERD dam will begin generating power in next 12 months

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia's giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile will begin generating power in the next 12 months, the country's president said on Monday. “This year will be a year where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will start generating power with the two turbines," Sahle-Work Zewde said in a speech... 

Ethiopia bans flights over dam for security reasons - aviation chief

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia has banned all flights over its giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile for security reasons, the head of its civil aviation authority said on Monday. Ethiopia is locked in a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over its $4-billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Cairo has said could... 

Water sector technology and innovation forum launched

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC), the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the departments of Water and Sanitation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs have launched the Water Technology and Innovation Forum (WTIF). The forum will serve as a platform for all... 

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th September 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation and service delivery partner Amatola Water have distributed 5 694 water tanks and 171 water trucks to service communities around the Eastern Cape as part of government’s drought and Covid-19 intervention. DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said while the... 

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

IWA recognises Rand Water senior manager as distinguished fellow

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 The International Water Association (IWA) Fellows steering committee and the IWA board of directors have approved Rand Water GM for scientist services Professor Hamanth Kasan's nomination as an IWA Distinguished Fellow. Kasan is only the second South African and the first local expert of colour... 

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