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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Utility retains Blue Drop status

29th June 2012 Provincial utility Amatola Water received three Blue Drop awards at the Water Institute of Southern Africa biennial conference, held in Cape Town, in May. 

Construction starts on Eastern Cape dam

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 Construction of the 30 m arch-buttress Mndwaka dam, in the Eastern Cape, started in April and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013, reports consulting engineering firm ARQ Consulting Engineers dams and hydro director Dr Quentin Shaw. 

Domestic water challenges remain – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 South Africa continues to face significant water supply and wastewater treatment challenges, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) president Martin van Veelen. 

Construction starts on ORWRDP phases

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 Construction activities for the R1.2-billion Phases 2C and 2H of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) are currently being undertaken by construction group Basil Read. 

Sustainability should be focus of water management 

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 As a result of complex legal requirements, most South African companies, such as those in the chemicals, oil and gas, mining and extractive industries, are following a tick-box approach to complying with environmental management standards, as well as legal, water use licence and other corporate... 

Combined technology alleviates water challenges

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 The challenge of inefficient water management, from source to consumption, facing the South African water sector can be mitigated with the use of water and effluent engineering company Resonant Water’s internationally-designed Combined Works (CW) technology, says director Marno Raath. 

Success at Gansbaai leads to construction of another Nereda plant

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 The success of the Gansbaai wastewater treatment works (WWTW), designed by engineering consultancy firm SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based DHV Engineering Group, in 2009, was a deciding factor in constructing another Nereda plant in Epe, in the... 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

Water utility to assist municipalities in improving service delivery

By: Joanne Taylor     16th December 2011 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has allocated an R8-billion budget for the 2011/12 financial year to enable bulk water utility Rand Water to assist municipalities in improving service delivery. 

Water storage specialist introduces precast reservoir onto SA market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th October 2011 Water storage solution specialist Aquadam, under license to European company Farmitec, will soon introduce what it believes to be the first and only, prestressed and post-tensioned reservoir, the Muleby system tank IA, onto the South African market. 

Safety systems prevent equipment theft, vandalism 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th October 2011 Developer and manufacturer of water systems safeguarding solutions Interlock Systems has been contracted by the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) to develop, design and implement security doors that will assist in keeping vandals from destroying water systems equipment. 

Water treatment engineering company upgrades heat exchanger product

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th October 2011 Water treatment engineering company Süd-Chemie has upgraded its mobile test heat exchanger product to improve its treatment capabilities for water-cooling tower applications. 

Municipality significantly reduces water losses

7th October 2011 The eThekwini municipality’s Water and Sanitation (EWS) division saved R58.5-million in the 2010/11 financial year, as a result of a reduction in water leaks and burst pipes. 

Technology to curb water loss

7th October 2011 As part of its 17 point plan to reduce water losses, the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) department, a unit of the eThekwini municipality, has implemented, for the first time in Africa, a water pressure controller that is saving one-million litres a day of water in Durban’s central business... 

Bellville wastewater works receives R187m upgrade

7th October 2011 Wastewater treatment company Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa has been awarded a R187-million contract by the City of Cape Town’s Department of Water & Sanitation to upgrade and extend the treatment capacity at the Bellville wastewater treatment works (WWTW). 

KZN water infrastructure projects to reduce water shortages

7th October 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is leading efforts to deal with concerns over the availability of sufficient water for the KwaZulu-Natal coastal metropolitan area water supply system.  

Company helps keep South Africa’s water infrastructure running

7th October 2011 Water and wastewater treatment specialist Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) South Africa has engineered and implemented technologically advanced systems for large-scale water reuse, helping to preserve natural resources by enabling sustainable industrial and municipal water management.  

Department to deal with illegal water users

7th October 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is clamping down on the illegal use of water by irrigation farmers in the Vaal River System (VRS).  

Environment-friendly filter press assists in wastewater treatment

7th October 2011 Suppliers of products and services to the mining industry Multotec Group has developed an environment-friendly filter press. The filter press was developed in response to the increasing need to recycle wastewater from mining operations in South Africa, specifically acid mine drainage (AMD). 

Company introduces safe and efficient water system

7th October 2011 Manufacturer and supplier of industrial products Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has introduced its latest product, Macrotec calorifiers, which are engineered to deliver hot water safely and economically.  

Engineering input vital for large bulk water systems on farms

7th October 2011 Designing substantial irrigation systems without specialist engineering advice can cause a number of problems and adversely affect farmers’ profits or even result in an expensive disaster, says agriculture engineering consultancy MBB Consulting Engineers. 

Significant KZN water supply projects under way

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th October 2011 Consulting engineering and project management group SSI is currently involved in various water projects that are set to improve water distribution in areas such as Durban and Pietermaritzburg.  

Affordable alternative to septic tanks

7th October 2011 South African water, air and sewage treatment specialist Ozone Services Industries (OSI) has commercially launched its Biozone Nokak sewage treatment plant, a compact and affordable alternative to septic tanks and french drain sewers.  

Rural water treatment plants in Lesotho, EC under construction

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2011 Two new water treatment plants are being built in the rural areas of Pitseng, in the Leribe district, in the north of Lesotho, and in Mangxanfu, between Mount Frere and Umtata, in the Eastern Cape, says water treatment engineering company Süd-Chemie contracts division manager Adam Kriel. 

High-pressure water pipes for supply-line upgrade delivered

27th May 2011 Fluid conveyance equipment supplier Incledon is supplying the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality with 2 100 m of high-pressure steel pipes, as part of a R7-million municipal supply-line upgrade project in Springs, says Incledon divisional head of infrastructure Ian Geldard. 

Initiative to halve water leaks in Msunduzi

27th May 2011 A R22-million water conservation and water demand management initiative, launched in January, is expected to significantly boost service delivery and halve water leaks in the Msunduzi municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, says Pietermaritzburg mayor Mike Tarr. 

Demand for reservoirs steady, but investors cautious

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2011 Demand for water reservoirs in the farming and mining industries is steady, however, uncertainty and caution among investors are delaying many water reservoir construction projects, says water containment and purification company Hydrex CEO and founder Ernst Walter. 

New eThekwini water pipes remain leak-free

27th May 2011 Since installation started in 2007, no leaks have been reported on 1 600 km of new modified polyvinyl chloride (mPVC) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water pipes used to replace old, leak-prone asbestos cement (AC) pipes, in the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

New main water-line couplings for HDPE pipes launched

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2011 A range of new couplings for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) main water-line pipes has been launched this year, and the launch of new types of couplings to link pipes of different materials is expected before the end of this year, says pipe couplings and flange adaptor manufacturer Klamflex Pipe... 

Chlorine dioxide suitable for water treatment in Africa

27th May 2011 Water with high organic content often cannot be treated by addiing more chlorine, as it can actually produce dangerous by-products, such as acids, that are carcinogenic. 

Breweries can reduce water use

27th May 2011 Breweries can cost-effectively and sustainably remove all pollutants from their effluent streams and, thereby, produce a water quality that is chemically safe to use in the beer-making process and complies with the most stringent of compliance schedules, says water and wastewater engineering... 

South Africa joins water lobby organisation

27th May 2011 South Africa joined the public—private international water lobby organisation Water Resources Group (WRG) alongside Jordan, Mexico, the State of Karnataka, in India, and private organisations, including Nestlé and the World Economic Forum (WEF), on May 5, 2011. 

AMD management technology to feature at Watertec exhibition

27th May 2011 Acid mine drainage (AMD) management technology will feature prominently at the upcoming Watertec Africa and Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVPA) exhibitions, which take place alongside Petro.t.ex Africa. The trio of shows run from June 7 to 9 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand. 

Disjointed progress for Limpopo water project

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) does not foresee any challenges in raising the R1,5-billion in funds required for the implementation of the first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile River (West) Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP-1), in Limpopo. 

Consulting engineering firm tackles water projects

3rd December 2010 Engineering, management and specialist technical services Aurecon, in a joint venture (JV) with R&R Consulting Engineers, has been tasked with upgrading and extending the Sunderland Ridge wastewater treatment works (WWTW) by 30 Ml/d, to meet projected demand in 2015.  

New SA-US alliance to shake up water treatment sector

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 The newly-formed African subsidiary of global water-treatment and process solutions giant Nalco Company is intent on becoming the leader in its field on the African continent within the next decade. 

Partnership lays foundation for success in Africa

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 A partnership agreement between leading South African chemical distributor Protea Chemicals and global water, air and energy solutions firm Nalco Company is set to pave the way for the new entity to become a formidable force on the African continent. 

Solutions for water and process sectors

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 The Water and Process Services (WPS) business unit of Nalco Africa is beginning to make significant strides within the South African market after less than a year in the country. 

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