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Water Week

Company expects opportunities in water infrastructure

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering expects that aging and old infrastructure will result in several project opportunities focused on renewal. Brimis Engineering MD Andile Nqandela tells Engineering News that the company expects new projects from water boards such... 

Journey of Water focuses on river catchment

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Freshwater scarcity in South Africa is a topical issue which is why nongovernmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) stages a Journey of Water every two years to highlight the importance of protecting the country’s strategic water source areas. WWF’s Journey of... 

Journey of Water focuses on river catchment
WATER SOURCE AREA This year, Journey of Water took place in the Riversonderend catchment which falls into the Boland water source area

NCPC-SA to strengthen implementation of water project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to strengthen implementation of its Industrial Water Efficiency (IWE) project and move towards the adoption of best practices and water efficient technologies to improve performance, says NCPC-SA IWE project lead Kevin Cilliers.... 

NCPC-SA to strengthen implementation  of water project
KEVIN CILLIERS The implementation of identified measures remains a challenge, largely owing to the perception that water efficiency measures require significant investment

Journey of Water focuses on river catchment

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Freshwater scarcity in South Africa is a topical issue which is why nongovernmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) stages a Journey of Water every two years to highlight the importance of protecting the country’s strategic water source areas. WWF’s Journey of... 

Variable climate presents challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 A more variable climate is creating the challenges of ensuring adequate water supply in dry areas and dealing with higher rainfall in wet areas. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Engineering News that water variability in... 

Variable climate presents challenges
RIVERBANK EROSION Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream

Company offers technology to mitigate floods

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV’s BlueLabel technology can be used to mitigate flooding in South Africa, says Royal HaskoningDHV business development water director Tjeerd Driessen. BlueLabel was developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in partnership with... 

Company offers technology to  mitigate floods
FLOODING ISSUES There should be an emphasis on how urban areas are planned because if infrastructure is not adequately designed, flooding will present problems

Company rolls out second-generation water filtration system

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Specialist water repurpose and filtration company CrossAfrica Water Solutions is rolling out the second-generation SAFI Africa Point-of-Entry Microfiltration System, which filters water at the source of entry into an establishment. The prototype of the system was launched three years ago and the... 

Tech can be part of water management solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), can be a part of the solution to better water management to ensure responsible water use and no waste, says access network infrastructure provider Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. IoT is readily available and can be... 

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 South Africans have to reduce water use and wastage by optimising existing processes such as segregating, recovering, treating and recycling effluent waters for reuse, reducing the overall water footprint, says water treatment specialist Proxa director of business development Elspeth Grahn. "This... 

Cost-effective water treatment  solutions imperative
CONSTRUCTION ON COURSE The construction of the two seawater desalination plants by Water Solutions - Proxa JV in Strandfontein and Monwabisi, in the Western Cape, is under way

Drought raises need for more cost-effective models

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town provides an early indicator of the threat many cities could face amid ongoing water demand versus supply constraints, exacerbated by the Mediterranean climate in South Africa and globally, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical committee chairperson Jason... 

Drought raises need for more cost-effective models
Photo by Dauane Daws
CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS Cape Town is the first metro city in the country to experience the risk of a major water supply shut down as a result of severe drought

More water awareness initiatives needed

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Despite a below-average average rainfall of about 465  mm a year - compared with the world average of about 860 mm a year - the water shortage in many parts of South Africa is also the result of inadequate management and wasting water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Group... 

More water awareness  initiatives needed
Photo by Dauane Daws
WATER WOES A total of 35% of water in the country is lost because of leaks caused by ageing infrastructure and lack of maintenance

Surface-water monitoring tool to manage water availability

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Monitoring available water resources accurately and consistently is a key information requirement for successful water resource management, says geographical information services company GeoTerra Image (GTI) director Mark Thompson. "With the Western Cape feeling the pressure of the drought, we... 

Surface-water monitoring tool to manage water availability
MONITORING WATER SURFACE GeoTerra Image's Mzansi Amanzi Web-based platform enables users to determine the extent of surface-water availability across South Africa

Water preservation and treatment industry expected to grow

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Water preservation and treatment industries - from harvesting rainwater to the recycling of grey water and purification to potable water, as well as desalinating sea water - will vastly grow in importance globally, says Johannesburg-based valve manufacturer and supplier AVK Holding Southern... 

Water preservation  and treatment industry expected to grow
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES The Cape Town City Council is investigating advance leak- and pressure-detection technology to improve non-revenue water management within the region

Rescue Rod

2nd March 2018 Pipeline services and waste management specialist Rescue Rod has been serving the industry in various ways since 1990. “With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the world, we... 

Rescue Rod

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 In an era where conserving water is growing ever more critical, given the shortage of fresh and drinkable water, recycling and reuse plays a pivotal role in driving forward sustainable solutions that will allow for the longevity of South Africa’s water supply, says waste management business... 

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans
REUSE AND RECYCLING An underground wastewater treatment plant installed by Interwaste last year that will ensure that efficient reuse of water at the site

Programme complements government objectives

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa welcomed the first class of students for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management this year. 

Programme complements government objectives
BIMO NKHATA Water Week is crucial for highlighting the role that every person has to play in using water responsibly and sustainably

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Responsible water  use habits a focus  for the long term
ANTONINO MANUS South Africa cannot afford a retraction in economic growth stemming from unjustifiably high water use

Water management crucial for ensuring economic viability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 It is imperative that water resources and assets be protected and preserved through collective and holistic water management to secure the economic future of South Africa, says engineering consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff hydrology senior associate Karen King. 

Water management crucial for ensuring economic viability
WATER AWARENESS Water Week must be supported as a platform for communicating that water resources need to be collectively and holistically managed by South Africans

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Increased awareness key to  enhancing industrial water efficiency
SAFEGUARDING SCARCE RESOURCE The Industrial Water Efficiency Project will guide a transformation of industry’s water use through a systematic and holistic approach to water management

Sinvac Piping

10th June 2016 Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. 

Sinvac Piping

Lesotho’s water woes not exacerbated by LHWP

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Despite allegations by disgruntled Lesotho residents, the country’s water problems are because of the prevailing drought and not as a consequence of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), says Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LDHA) public relations manager Masilo Phakoe. He notes... 

Lesotho’s water woes not exacerbated by LHWP
KATSE DAM The Lesotho Highlands Water Project delivers water to South Africa at an average rate of 25 m³/s, or 780-million cubic metres of water a year

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

Water restrictions remain a possibility

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average rainfall for the remainder of... 

Water restrictions  remain a possibility
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16

Drought presents opportunities for entrepreneurs

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 While the current drought presents several challenges for local businesses, it has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs with workable water conservation solutions, says independent business association Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) president Ernest Mahlaule.... 

Drought presents opportunities for entrepreneurs
Photo by Duane Daws
BUCKET HALF FULL While the drought has caused many problems for the southern African region, innovative entrepreneurs may benefit from the opportunities its created

Water problems will continue – consultancy

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services firm WSP∣Parsons Brinkerhoff... 

Water problems will continue – consultancy
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming

Water collection initiatives still vital for drought stricken areas

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Professional industry association Plastics|SA urges businesses and residents to continue collecting water for drought-stricken areas, noting that while instances of localised and infrequent rainfall have resulted in a false sense of security for some citizens, the drought is not over. Last month... 

Water collection initiatives still vital for drought stricken areas
BOTTLE HOARDING Plastics|SA's collects about 3500 lites of water a day

Mitigation measures needed to combat water infrastructure theft

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related infrastructure, which is sold as... 

Mining, fracking not good for water-scarce South Africa – JCCI

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Owing to its water-intensive nature, new mining and infrastructural development needs to be carefully considered in South Africa, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Joan Warburton-McBride, who believes that, for the same reason, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should not be an... 

DWA sees improvement in municipal management

6th March 2015 The assessment data from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Green Drop water quality certification programme suggests that municipal performance in wastewater management has improved steadily and significantly over the last five years since the programme was launched in 2008. 

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... 

Gas company provides CO2 to remineralise AMD
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... 

Water professionals agree: South African cities can achieve water excellence
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... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050
ANTON EARLE The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water
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