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Water

DPWI continues pursuit of resolving outstanding debt on municipal rates, services 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) on Tuesday reiterated that it remains resolute in its commitment to settle all verified debts within 30 days of receipt of the statements, invoices and reconciliation signoffs. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille... 

Wilderness water pipeline collapses 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2019 The main water pipeline transporting water from George to the Wilderness area has collapsed and fallen into the sea, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said on Monday. The pipeline was attached below the existing walkway over the... 

AfDB partners with Senegal to host 2021 World Water Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with Senegal to host the world’s largest international water-related event, in Dakar, in March 2021. As the preparations for the ninth World Water Forum continue, the bank will play an important role in supporting the hosting of the forum, said... 

Lack of funds means South Africa can’t stop sewage polluting dam

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2019 South African troops suspended work to rehabilitate the water system that serves the nation’s richest province because of a lack of funds. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the sewage problem in the Vaal River system a national crisis in October last year and authorized the deployment of the... 

Deputy Minister calls for greater collaboration

11th October 2019 Municipalities need to work with the Department of Water and Sanitation and water entities to ensure efficient government supply systems, said Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo at the inaugural Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum held at the Athlone Wastewater Treatment... 

Deputy Minister calls for  greater collaboration
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QUALITY CATALYST The Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum will serve as a platform for knowledge sharing in the management of water and effluent quality

More municipalities must undertake metering projects

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 Water loss, from a vital-asset and an income perspective, has plagued municipalities throughout South Africa for some years, says professional services engineering company SMEC South Africa management services function manager Jashmer Rajcoomar. “With drought affecting South Africa, it is... 

More municipalities must undertake metering projects
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER With drought affecting South Africa, it is important to know where and how much water is being used for planning purposes

New water-level station introduced

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 The HOBO MicroRX water-level station, which can monitor water levels in the harshest conditions, is the “perfect solution” to South Africa’s current economic and environmental challenges, says local technology integrator Euca Technologies. South Africa has fast become a water-conscious country,... 

New water-level  station introduced
INFORMED DECISION-MAKING The MicroRX water-level station can provide data to help businesses make more informed decisions on how best to action strategies that allow for better management

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 South Africa’s infrastructure needs refurbishment to restore functionality, as well as a digital refit  to enable a new cyber management regime as the local water industry enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says national water knowledge hub Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen... 

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally
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WATER GOALS Innovation is the only way through which Africa will come close to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and achieve reasonable water security

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Egypt denounced Ethiopia on Wednesday for moving forward with building and operating a hyropower dam on the Nile, which Cairo worries will threaten already scarce water supplies. Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum and runs on to Egypt, says the dam will... 

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

LHWP successfully shut down for inspection, maintenance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has, in conjunction with the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, successfully shut down the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), water transfer and delivery tunnel and associated systems. The two-month shutdown – from October 1 to November 30 – is... 

Drought conditions persist in some parts of the country – Agriculture dept

By: African News Agency      9th October 2019 Below normal rainfall is anticipated over the central and south-eastern parts of South Africa during late spring, while above normal rainfall is expected during early summer to mid-summer in the central and eastern regions, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Wednesday,... 

Drought conditions persist in some parts of the country – Agriculture dept

Johannesburg residents urged to save water as Vaal Dam level drops to just above 50% 

By: News24Wire      8th October 2019 Johannesburg residents have been urged to try to save water after the level of the Vaal Dam dropped to 53.1%.  In addition, no water transfers to the dam will be possible until November 30, owing to maintenance. In the Western Cape, dam levels are starting to show a slight decrease as the summer... 

Johannesburg residents urged to save water as Vaal Dam level drops to just above 50%

Jobs Summit committee reports progress in various areas

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2019 The Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit, which held its monthly meeting on Monday, noted that substantial progress had been made in reforming and modernising South Africa’s visa regime, issuing water-use licences, releasing broadband spectrum, saving jobs in distressed firms and... 

Egypt urges international mediation over Nile river deadlock

By: African News Agency      7th October 2019 Seven years of talks between Egypt and Ethiopia in Sudan over a massive dam construction on the Nile river have reached a deadlock with Cairo appealing to the international community to intervene. Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile in 2012 saying the... 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local industrial component supplier ElectroMechanica delivered pre-assembled irrigation pump panel systems for use in agricultural applications last month. The panels are scheduled for installation and commissioning, in Zimbabwe, by the end of this month. 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery
OPEN AND SHUT CASE The pump panels were assembled, wired and packaged in seven days

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Pump manufacturer Grundfos, in association with humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, is assisting nonprofit organisation Save the Sheep in providing relief for drought-stricken sheep farmers in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Borehole water in the area is usually lifted using wind... 

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS The ongoing drought in Sutherland is killing the livelihoods of the sheep farmers in the region

Pumps supplied to Zambian project

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local pumps manufacturer Brehnor Pumps has been contracted to supply axial flow pumps for a bulkwater application at the Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure project, in Zambia. The project is situated on the Kafue river, 45 km from Lusaka. 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Most tender specifications for local raw sewage pump stations tend not to be sufficient to cope with the harsh conditions in which they have to operate. Therefore, local pump designer and manufacturer Fluid Pumps has developed the VX range of submersible pumps. “South Africa’s wastewater... 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges
BRING ON THE ROUGH STUFF The VX range of submersible pumps can deal with raw unscreened sewage without clogging

Joburg residents asked to adhere to water restrictions amid maintenance of LHWP

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 Residents in Johannesburg have been urged to adhere to the Level 1 water restrictions implemented in the city. This as the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel system undergoes a planned shutdown for inspection and maintenance. The tunnel has been under maintenance since Tuesday.... 

Mpumalanga municipality misses deadline to pay Rand Water R111m

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 The Victor Khanye Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, which provides services to Delmas, Sundra, Eloff and Rietkol, has missed its deadline for the payment of R111m in outstanding debt to Rand Water. This comes after Rand Water said in a statement on Thursday last week that it would reduce water... 

Ethiopia dam official blames construction delays on conglomerate METEC

By: Reuters     1st October 2019 Construction of a $4-billion dam at the heart of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter has been delayed five years as engineers had to replace shoddy work by a conglomerate pulled off the job last year, a project official said. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, announced in... 

Ethiopia dam official blames construction delays on conglomerate METEC

ZRA selects contractor for $54m Kariba Dam spillway rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2019 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has awarded the $53.6-million contract for the rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam spillway, a major component of the Kariba Dam rehabilitation project (KDRP), to a consortium comprising GE Hydro France & Freyssinet International. ZRA CE Munyaradzi Munodawafa on... 

Startup water heater company Plentify a finalist in EDF Pulse Africa competition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2019 South African startup company Plentify has won the South African edition of the EDF Pulse Africa innovation competition. The competition is aimed at supporting African innovators committed to the continent’s energy development.  

CSIR researchers outline primary water quality research projects

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2019 Scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) this week provided insight into their primary research on water quality and water treatment. Three researchers detailed their research projects, which included designing and piloting a process to recover water and generate... 

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2019 Securing reliable sources of water is becoming a challenge for mining companies globally, says ratings agency Moody’s. It notes that water is not only a vital resource in the mining process, but mines also use a significant amount of water in a variety of ways. Water is used for processing ore,... 

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s

Rand Water reduces supplies to three errant Gauteng municipalities

By: African News Agency      27th September 2019 Rand Water on Friday said it has formally notified three of its municipal customers of its intention to reduce water pressure due to their non-payment for services rendered.  "The water pressure to the Emfuleni Local municipality in Gauteng will be reduced by 20%. The municipality includes areas... 

Solar heating pilot seeks to demonstrate viability of large-scale applications

By: Donna Slater     27th September 2019 The first solar district heating system was launched in South Africa by Austrian Ambassador to South Africa Dr Johann Brieger on May 15 at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Junction student residences in Parktown, Johannesburg, through a partnership facilitated by the South African... 

Solar heating pilot seeks to demonstrate viability of large-scale applications

City of Johannesburg won't turn on water at Sandton Gautrain station until owners pay R8m

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2019 The City of Johannesburg is not prepared to entertain the Sandton Gautrain station's landlord, Cedar Park Properties, even in a court of law, until it pays R8-million the City claims it owes, Mayor Herman Mashaba says. Mashaba told News24 on Monday: "Be guaranteed, for as long as we don't get our... 

UWC installs borehole water purification plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd September 2019 The University of Western Cape, in partnership with Quality Filtration Systems, has successfully designed, installed and commissioned a borehole water purification plant. The solution enables a fully automated, advanced-technology membrane water treatment plant to purify borehole water from an... 

Sprinklers and ventilation systems must work in harmony

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 Sprinkler and ventilation systems are essential parts of a building’s fire-protection system and need to operate in harmony with each other to ensure its holistic operation, says fire risk management company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. “Many people don’t understand the value of employing... 

Sprinklers and ventilation systems must work in harmony
SAFETY IN HARMONY Sprinkler and ventilation systems need to work together to preserve life, as well as the building they protect

Ethiopia rejects Egypt's plan for operating giant dam on the Nile

By: Reuters     19th September 2019 Ethiopia on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Egypt to operate a $4-billion hydropower dam the Horn of Africa country is constructing on the Nile, further deepening a dispute between the two nations over the project. In a press conference in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Sileshi Bekele, minister... 

Main pumping stations affected by sub-station failure – Rand Water

By: African News Agency      19th September 2019 Rand Water on Thursday said its main treatment plants had not been pumping any water because a veld fire affected an electricity sub-station that supplies power to the plants. "As a result of a veld fire, the 88kV power supply from Eskom’s Snowden Sub-station was impacted last night, Wednesday,... 

Main pumping stations affected by sub-station failure – Rand Water

LHWP maintenance shutdown to start in October

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will, in conjunction with the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, shut down the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) water transfer and delivery tunnel and associated systems during October and November for scheduled maintenance. The shutdown will... 

Taps run dry due to low pressure – Magalies Water

By: African News Agency      18th September 2019 Several municipalities are experiencing water interruptions due to low pressure, Magalies Water said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Mpho Moholo said there was low pressure on the Vaalkop water supply scheme due to high water demand on the system. 

Water dept to engage stakeholders on interim IncoMaputo agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will on October 1 implement the Interim IncoMaputo Water Use Agreement (IIMA) which specifies a minimum cross-border flow from the Crocodile and Komati rivers of 2 600 litres a second at the Ressano Garcia gauging station, in Mozambique. This is an... 

Zambia may import 300 MW of power from South Africa, prices could double – minister

By: Reuters     17th September 2019 Zambia is in talks with South African power utility Eskom to import 300 MW of electricity, Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa said on Tuesday, adding that retail prices could double once imports begin. Zambia has a power deficit of more than 750 MW because of low water levels at hydropower dams,... 

Egypt and Ethiopia at odds as talks over Blue Nile dam resume

By: Reuters     17th September 2019 Egypt says Ethiopia has "summarily rejected" its plan for key aspects of operating a giant dam the East African nation is building on the Nile, while dismissing Ethiopia's own proposal as "unfair and inequitable". The comments in a note circulated to diplomats last week show the gap between the... 

Egypt and Ethiopia at odds as talks over Blue Nile dam resume
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