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Water supply gradually being restored to Joburg after suspected sabotage

By: News24Wire      29th August 2018 Johannesburg residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as the water supply started gradually returning to their homes and businesses on Wednesday morning. Nico de Jager, member of the mayoral committee for environment and infrastructure services, on Wednesday urged residents to be patient as... 

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

By: News24Wire      28th August 2018 Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump... 

Transformer explosion to affect water supply in parts of Johannesburg, Rustenburg

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The explosion of an electrical transformer at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pumping station, in Johannesburg South, will affect water supply to consumers in parts of the West Rand, as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. The transformer, which is part of the electricity facility supplying power... 

Ethiopia ousts State firm from Nile dam project after construction delays

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4-billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project. The Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni 

23rd August 2018 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has opened a chemical production facility in Pomona, Kempton Park that is set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of production compared with other Veolia chemical production facilities. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni
Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni

Gamtoos Irrigation Board, Environmental Affairs dept renew run-off management programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs has renewed the Gamtoos Irrigation Board’s (GIB’s) contract to continue deploying the ‘Working for Natural Resource Management’ programme across the Eastern Cape. Under the renewed three-year contract, GIB will manage four major project categories, namely... 

Cape Town to roll out water network pressure management technology

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The City of Cape Town said on Monday it was, in response to the worst drought in its history, expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. It said testing would take place in the Bellville Park, Upper Oakdale, Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair... 

 Cape Town to roll out water network pressure management technology

Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of Vaal river system' – Parliament 

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday. "The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment plant completed

17th August 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently handed over the 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant to State-owned water utility Umgeni Water in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was part of the Lower Thukela Bulk Water... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment  plant completed
RELIABLE SUPPLY The 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant in the iLembe District has been handed over to Umgeni Water

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area 

16th August 2018 Following the completion of the Rothdene Pump Station at the end of June, the project aims to provide the Midvaal Municipality with an opportunity to start several housing and social developments in the area. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area
Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Low rainfall hampering dam level recovery - City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday said it was concerned about a water consumption increase from 505-million to 519-million litres per day and urged residents to continue with water saving efforts to protect Cape Town’s fragile dam system. In a statement, the City said it has been a dry start to... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has assured that it, together with Rand Water, the Gauteng provincial government, and the Sedibeng district and Emfuleni local municipalities are working towards improving the state of the Vaal river and the Vaal dam. Rand Water stated that reports... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner Louis Loubser, who is a wine and fruit farmer in Robertson, Western Cape.   The Tree Hog system is... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%
WATER CONSERVATION The Tree Hog can reduce water consumption by up to 70%

Omron focusing on aiding farmers

10th August 2018 Since early 2017, Japanese electronics company Omron has focused on providing solutions for the agricultural industry’s demand for technology and automation with the SX series of compact inverters, which is well suited for pumping applications, namely irrigation, that require smooth flow and... 

Clanwilliam dam wall raising resumes

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2018 Construction on the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall resumed on Monday after a lengthy delay. “This is very welcome news and we want to applaud and thank the Water and Sanitation Department under Minister Gugile Nkwinti for keeping to their commitments and starting to deliver on their mandate... 

Two Eastern Cape towns to start 'water shedding' as dam empties

By: News24Wire      6th August 2018 Water will be cut off in the towns of Hankey and Patensie in the Eastern Cape from Monday and only switched on again for short periods to stretch what little is left in the Kouga Dam, the municipality has announced. "We have been trying to delay the need for water shedding, but the situation is... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

Impact of microplastics in Gauteng, North West water unknown – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 The health impact of microplastics – bits of plastic less than 5mms in size – that were found in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is at this stage unknown, Rand Water has said. This comes as a new study reported that substantial amounts of microplastics were found in the tap water supplied... 

Drinking water contaminated with micro plastic pollution in Gauteng

By: News24Wire      25th July 2018 Drinking water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is polluted with microplastics, a new study has found. Substantial amounts of microplastics – bits of plastics less that 5mm in size – were found in the tap water in both cities, as well as in rivers in Gauteng and in borehole water in the North West... 

USAID launches water project to benefit Southern African communities

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year, $32.4-million project called Resilient Waters to address severe water challenges facing the Limpopo river basin and Okavango river basin communities. The project will work to provide access to safe drinking... 

USAID launches water project to benefit Southern African communities

Rwanda signs $300m in loan deals with China, India

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 Rwanda signed loan agreements worth more than $300-million with China and India to fund roads and irrigation, officials said, as leaders from the two Asian powers made their first visits to the East African nation. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Rwanda from Sunday to Monday and granted a... 

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

Community project  receives Saice honours
COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

New zero-discharge chemical production  facility opens in Pomona
MOBILE WATER TREATMENT PLANT The 4x4 mobile water treatment plant purifies water from any available source for remote communities

Growthpoint takes first Cape Town commercial property off the water grid

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 The District building, in Woodstock, has become the first of Growthpoint Properties’ commercial properties in Cape Town to shift off the municipal water grid and become water net-positive. The property giant on Thursday said the 1 750 people using the multitenant office and retail building... 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space 

By: News24Wire      18th July 2018 The new solar-powered desalination plant under construction at Witsand on the southern Cape coast will produce water at a cost of only R7 to R8 a kilolitre. This is less than a quarter of the cost of water from Cape Town's temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein. Water from the... 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

Life After Coal campaign demands IRP take water costs into account

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 A report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for uncounted costs to South Africa’s water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water and pollutes water as well, imposing massive but uncounted... 

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Ministers reiterate commitment to implementation of LHWP Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. Poised to secure a... 

Company to expand channel blowers range

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Sandton-based side-channel blower supplier CR Elec plans to expand on its offerings, which will complement its existing Sirocco brand. A side-channel blower can generate significantly higher pressures than industrial fans, and is also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum compressor. The side-channel... 

Company to expand channel blowers range
BLOWING AWAY COMPETITION Side-channel blowers across the range will maximise offerings

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress

By: African News Agency      12th July 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti will on Thursday undertake a two-day Ministerial visit to Lesotho to see the developments around the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. "Minister Nkwinti will also have discussions with his counterpart from the government of Lesotho, Minister of Water,... 

Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 Wednesday marked the official launch of two desalination plants that were designed, installed and commissioned by JSE-listed AECI water and process subsidiary ImproChem at fish products company Lucky Star’s cannery and fishmeal operations on the West Coast. The desalination plants at Lucky Star’s... 

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants
ImproChem engineered solutions executive director Sepadi Mohlabeng, ImproChem MD Graham Sanders, Oceana chairperson Mustaq Brey and Saldanha Bay acting mayor Elize Steyn

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