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Water Week

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... 

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... 

IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply
Photo by Duane Daws
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply

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... 

WRC CEO Dhesigan Naidoo
Dhesigan Naidoo discusses water sensitive design.

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... 

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... 

The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water
ANTON EARLE The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water

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... 

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... 

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.  

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. 

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.  

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... 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

Minister representing SA at World Water Forum

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is leading a delegation representing South Africa at the sixth World Water Forum, taking place at present in Marseille, France, Department of Water Affairs (DWA) spokesperson Linda Page tells Engineering News. 

Water reticulation systems manufacturer does its bit for the environment

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Water reticulation, drainage and pipe fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics says it recognises the importance of protecting South Africa’s water resources. 

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. 

New water network helps municipality win award

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Subsurface pipeline construction and rehabilitation company Trenchless Technologies is undertaking the fourth phase of a project that helped the Umjindi municipality, in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, win the provincial Kamoso award for best municipality, in November last year, MD Sam Efrat tells... 

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. 

Vehicle manufacturer emphasises importance of water conservation 

By: Gia Costella     16th March 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai’s Bryanston dealership has teamed up with water management systems manufacturer Greendrop Water Recycling to enable it to reuse its car wash-bay water, says Hyundai dealership principal Kosta Avgoustinos. 

SA to host World Water Day exhibition

By: Jessica Hannah     11th March 2011 South Africa will, this year, for the first time, host the global observance of World Water Day (WWD), which will coincide with its National Water Week (NWW). 

SA should target source of water pollution

By: Jessica Hannah     11th March 2011 South Africa should start to deal with the sources of water pollution, as opposed to dealing with the treatment of water once it becomes toxic, engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon technical director of water and wastewater engineering Walter Johannes urges.  

Groundwater recharge systems suitable for rural areas

By: Jessica Hannah     11th March 2011 The use of groundwater recharge systems can be a suitable and sustainable method of storing water for use by rural communities, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) group leader for Hydrosciences Christine Colvin says. 

Oil most overlooked water pollutant

By: Jessica Hannah     11th March 2011 Oil pollution is an ongoing, yet often overlooked, contaminant that threatens the world’s water resources, reports environmental management technology and services provider Procon Environmental Technologies. 

Department raises awareness through Adopt-a-River programme

11th March 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is aiming to increase awareness of the importance of South Africa’s water resources, as well as to promote community participation in taking care of the country’s water resources through its Adopt-a-River Programme. 

Company celebrates second anniversary of wastewater technology

By: Jessica Hannah     11th March 2011 Multidisciplinary engineering company SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants will celebrate the second year of operation of its advanced biological wastewater treatment technology, Nereda, at the Gansbaai wastewater treatment plant, during National Water Week (NWW) later this month. 

Africa lacks sufficient rainfall data – J&G

11th March 2011 Engineering and environmental consultancy Jeffares & Green (J&G), is concerned about the lack of sufficient rainfall records being kept across Africa, the company reports. 

Local company tackles infrastructure challenges

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 Inadequate and fragile infrastructure could do more harm to a large number of people in the short term than current global warming concerns, designer, manufacturer and distributor of piping and related products Rare group marketing director Allistair Balutto says. 

Reuse of water critical

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 Ground engineering and environmental services group Golder Associates business unit leader of environmental technology Dr Ralph Heath says that the reuse of water is the most effective short term solution to assist with water supply in water scarce areas. 

Creating access to 
potable water

12th March 2010 Manufacture and marketer of water and gas equipment Intaka Tech aims to provide sufficient potable water to spatially distributed or periurban communities with its water purification plants (WPPs).


Increasing demand for bottled water locally

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 Market research house BMI Foodpack reports that bottled water is the second-fastest growing beverage in the country and this industry, which is currently worth about R3-billion, is expected to growth by 4,2% by 2013. 

Demand exceeding supply in Durban 

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) is currently busy with three concurrent water projects that aim to increase the availability of, and access to, potable water in the eThekwini municipal area. 

Water security still SA’s top challenge 

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) reports that water security is a significant challenge for the local water sector, with currently from only 35% to 40% of river runoff water being harnessed, leaving the rest to flow into the ocean. 

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