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Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

DWS hosts workshop  on water and sanitation
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns  

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 With the objective of saving about 580-million litres of water a year through its low-flush cistern toilet system project, utility company Joburg Water says the project can also save the city about R3.5-million a year. “Households currently use 29% of their water for flushing. The project is... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns
Joburg Water communications and marketing manager Isaac Dhludhlu discusses new water projects that the city is undertaking for the next two years. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Increasing debt at water trading entity unacceptable – Portfolio Committee

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation is worried about the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Water Trading Entity’s (WTE’s) increasing debt book, despite various calls by the committee to use intergovernmental relations framework avenues to address the problem, committee... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     25th April 2018 Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

By: News24Wire      25th April 2018 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has asked for a reduction in the proposed 27% water tariff hike, after the City received roughly 24 900 complaints from residents during public submissions on the new budget. De Lille - in what could be one of her last budget speeches before the council as mayor... 

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has embarked on the final stage of its Kariba Dam rehabilitation project (KDRP) with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works to a shortlist of three prequalified companies – China Gezhouba Group, the CMC/ATB Kariba joint venture and GE Hydro... 

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender
Kariba Dam

TCTA Vresap commercial paper programme increased to R500m

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has increased the commercial paper programme for the Vaal River Eastern Subsystem Augmentation Project (Vresap) to R500-million. Vresap comprises a 120 km pipeline from the Vaal dam to the Knoppiesfontein diversion structure near Secunda to augment the... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday hosted a delegation from the Nigerian government’s integrated water resources management commission at the Vaal dam, in the Free State, to undertake a technical study tour and share water regulatory best practices. The study tour comes as... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Vaal dam

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

Cape Town's water plan is too narrow, says expert; advises long-term plan

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 UCT academic Dr Kevin Winter says the City council's proposed 26.9% water price hike, which has drawn howls of protest from Capetonians, is not big enough to shift the city out of the water crisis in the long term. "I think the increase is not nearly enough. I am sure the City is going to have to... 

Rand Water threatens to cut water to Emfuleni municipality over R419m debt

By: News24Wire      11th April 2018 Rand Water has announced that it will once again reduce the bulk water supply to the Emfuleni Local Municipality after it failed to reach a settlement on the payment of the municipality's R419-million debt. Rand Water's Justice Mohale said in a statement on Wednesday that the entity was taking... 

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, says Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown. “The most... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution
SALDANHA BAY DESALINATION PLANT ImproChem designed and built the advanced water treatment plant for Sea Harvest within 16 weeks

Drought-stricken South Africa faces water infrastructure funding shortfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2018 A new report estimates that South Africa will need to invest about R70.4-billion a year in water infrastructure investment over the next decade to address water scarcity and provide reliable water to all people, businesses and industries in South Africa. The ‘Water 2018 – Market Intelligence... 

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

Cape Town water consumption 'stabilised' - deputy mayor

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 Water use in the City of Cape Town has stabilised at lower levels compared to the beginning of the year, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said on Wednesday. The decline saw Cape Town dam levels drop by only 0.3% last week, he said. Dams supplying the city now stand at 21.8%. "Our collective consumption... 

Cape Town water consumption 'stabilised' - deputy mayor

Cape Town dam levels continue to dwindle, despite the recent rains

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2018 The few days of “good rainfall” experienced by the Western Cape is not enough to fix a system that has received three years of below average rainfall. The average dam levels in the region continue to decline, falling to 17.6% by April 2, from 24.3% a year ago and 18.22% last week. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed
DURBAN HARBOUR The shiploaders needed to be refurbished in line with Transnet’s upgrade of berths at Maydon Wharf

WSP finalising port projects in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa is involved in several port-related projects across Africa, some of which will be finalised this month, says WSP Africa maritime director Andre van Tonder. WSP is undertaking the yearly National Port Plan review for State-owned freight utility... 

WSP finalising port projects in Africa
ANDRE VAN TONDER WSP’s maritime skills and expertise are globally marketable and we are involved in many projects locally and abroad

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Cape Town water consumption drops by 43m litres

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 Capetonians have managed to get water usage down to 522-million litres per day over the past week – 43-million litres less than the previous week's water usage. The City of Cape Town still requires Capetonians to reduce collective usage to 450-million litres per day or 50l per person per day. "We... 

Cape Town water consumption drops by 43m litres

SMEs increasingly worried about water shortages

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2018 The ongoing drought and subsequent water shortage has become a top contender in what is keeping small business owners awake at night. In a similar manner in which load-shedding had worried small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) up until 2015/16, and even 2017, the looming significance of water... 

Maputo faces possible water crisis

By: African News Agency      27th March 2018 Mozambique’s capital Maputo could follow Cape Town’s water crisis with the El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean which is responsible for the current drought in southern Africa effecting Mozambique this year, the country’s National Meteorological Institute has warned, AllAfrica has reported.... 

Maputo faces possible water crisis

Makhura establishes water war room for Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2018 Premier David Makhura has established a war room to ensure Gauteng’s own taps do not run dry amid a drought that has devastated many provinces in South Africa, particularly the Western Cape. Following a Premier’s Coordinating Forum, held on Friday, he said water security in South Africa’s... 

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’  

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2018 In light of government recently declaring the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national disaster, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) has urged Gauteng water consumers to use resources sparingly. DWS water sector regulations director Mangwani Mabada cautioned on... 

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’
Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) Water Sector Regulations Director Mangwani Mabada discussing awareness surrounding Gauteng’s precious water resource during a tour at Roodeplaat Dam, north-east of Pretoria. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Investment needed in strategic water source areas – WWF-SA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2018 As South Africa struggles with the most devastating drought experienced in decades, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) is calling for more investment into the country’s strategic water source areas to ensure the best yields are achieved from living landscapes. Spending more... 

Investment needed in strategic water source areas – WWF-SA

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs
SEA HARVEST SALDANHA WTP

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight
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Wits University School of Governance professor Mike Muller

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