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Groundwater needs to be used wisely - Institute for Groundwater Studies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2021 South Africa’s groundwater, on which nearly two-thirds of South Africa depends solely or partially on for domestic use, needs to be used wisely, said University of the Free State Institute for Groundwater Studies director and geohydrologist Dr Eelco Lukas. Groundwater, a significant source of... 

Work progresses at Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2021 Binational organisation the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is progressing work at the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project (KDRP). In a January 19 update, the authority said that ongoing KDRP works comprise two components, namely reshaping of the plunge pool and the refurbishment of the spillway gates. 

Cape Town dam levels decrease to 87.5%

By: African News Agency      19th January 2021 The total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metropolitan area has decreased by 1.6 percentage points in the last week to 87.5 percent, compared with 72 percent at the same time last year, the city council said. Daily water consumption for the same period also dipped to 776-million litres... 

 Cape Town dam levels decrease to 87.5%

WRC calls for expressions of interest for Water Seed funding 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2021 The Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are calling on interested stakeholders to apply for the Water Seed Fund programme. Higher education institutions and small and medium enterprises in the water sector have until January 29 to submit an expression of... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 A mixture of strategies will provide the best water treatment solution for a water-scarce country, such as South Africa, says global technology company ABB Energy Industries South Africa sales manager Joyce Moganedi. “The scarcity of water has led to the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution
DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions

Wastewater treatment for all industries

15th January 2021 Owing to decades of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry, and a dedicated portfolio of solutions, instrumentation company Endress+Hauser can help make industrial wastewater treatment safe and efficient, explains water and wastewater industry manager Hennie Pretorius.   “Water... 

Awareness grows for atmospheric bottled water

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 Consumers being more cautious about the purification of drinking water has resulted in growing awareness of atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa’s atmospheric bottled water, says Aqua Air CEO Keamogetswe Matsho. The company’s atmospheric water generating technology... 

Four requests for proposals issued for consultants for Orange-Senqu River project

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2021 The Orange-Senqu River Commission (Orasecom) has issued a request for proposals for various short-term consulting services for its Orange-Senqu River Strategic Action Programme Implementation. Advisory body Orasecom provides recommendations aimed at optimising the development and management of... 

Three-way talks on Ethiopian dam reach new impasse

By: Reuters     11th January 2021 Negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, in a long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, have reached a new impasse, the three countries said on Sunday. "We cannot continue this vicious cycle of circular talks indefinitely," Sudanese irrigation... 

Coca-Cola Foundation’s RAIN to replenish 15bn litres of water in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 The Coca-Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) is funding five projects in South Africa to help restore priority water catchment areas by removing invasive alien plants, while creating valuable employment opportunities for women, youth and families. “These important water catchment... 

Summer rains improve levels in 7 provinces

By: News24Wire      17th December 2020 Dams in the Eastern Cape have reached 51% capacity after months of dry conditions in the province, the Department of Water and Sanitation says. The department's weekly report showed that dam levels have been on the rise in the past two weeks due to torrential summer rains. Gauteng dam levels... 

Rand Water, Emfuleni mayor meet to discuss debt agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Water utility Rand Water on December 15 met with Emfuleni executive mayor Gift Moerane about a debt settlement agreement. The municipality owes Rand Water about R1.1-billion in outstanding debt, with Rand Water having reduced the water pressure to the municipality by 20% as a credit control... 

Cape Town pair develop water importance initiative

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 Independent facilitator Peter Willis and filmmaker Victor van Aswegen have collaborated to build a unique initiative to capture learnings from Cape Town’s 2017/18 water crisis, during which a prolonged drought resulted in the city almost running out of potable water resources. The Cape Town... 

DWS advertises critical tenders to deal with protracted sewer spillages into the Vaal river 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2020 Several critical Department of Water and Sanitation tenders have been advertised to expedite the Vaal river raw sewer spillages intervention work. The tenders, which were advertised on November 27, will close in January 2021. 

Abeco builds its biggest tank in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2020 Abeco Tanks has completed its biggest tank in Africa, holding 5.8-million litres of water with a surface area equivalent to two tennis courts. In conjunction with a three-million litre supplementary tank, the group is provides one of South Africa’s largest poultry producer’s with a total of... 

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
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