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Range of radar level transmitters extended

     1st September 2017 Process instrumentation solutions supplier Krohne has added six new 24 GHz and 80 GHz transmitters to its Optiwave series of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters, which are aimed at liquid and solid applications in a range of industries. 

Huge interest in tenders to supply Cape Town with more water

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Companies have expressed a resounding interest in the City of Cape Town’s call to boost its dwindling water supply. In a media release published Thursday, the City of Cape Town noted that tender specifications for procuring and commissioning various water augmentation schemes have been downloaded... 

Recycling wastewater an option to counter water scarcity

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Recycling sewage into potable, drinking water is an extensive and complicated process, but it could be part of the solution for water-scarce South Africa in future. The issue has come into the spotlight since the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its ‘Potable Reuse Guidance for producing... 

Experts unpack their experience in desalination solutions

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Gathering this week at the Water Desalination Symposium Africa 2017, water experts have offered their experience and insight into building and operating desalination plants in South Africa, with some saying the real cost of desalinated water has worked out to between R7/m3 and R10/m3.  The price... 

Cape Town unveils plans to mitigate impending water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     30th August 2017 Emergency contingency plans to roll out temporary desalination plants, drastically tighten water restrictions and draw water from groundwater sources are likely to take hold in Cape Town soon in a bid to prevent the city from running out of water. “The strategic intent is to drive down water... 

Rand Water cuts Bushbuckridge water level by 20% over massive debt

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Water supply to Bushbuckridge Local Municipality has been reduced by 20% over a whopping R200-million debt owed to Rand Water said spokesperson Justice Mohale said on Wednesday. Mohale told News24 that the total owning as of the end of July 2017 was R269 963 449. 

Disaster relief money starts flowing into Western Cape

By: News24Wire      29th August 2017 The Western Cape government has received the first tranche of the money it needs to cope with the devastating drought and fires in the province, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen said on Tuesday. The first tranche of R34 866 263 was transferred on August 21... 

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has proposed water tariffs for the 2018/19 financial year, with a proposed increase of up to 14.6% throughout the spectrum of raw water users. The DWS proposed the increase at its final national raw water consultation, held in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on... 

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

Innovative surfactants  enhance firefighting
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability

National Disaster Management Centre grants Cape Town R20.8m for drought relief

By: News24Wire      24th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has been granted R20.8-million from the National Disaster Management Centre to mitigate the effect of the ongoing drought, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday. The National Department of Cooperative Governance said the funds should solely be used for emergency relief... 

Illegal dumping threatens Philippi aquifer

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Illegal sand mining, along with dumping in and around the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) poses a huge risk of contamination to the underground Cape Aquifer, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned. At a briefing by the Environment Law Enforcement Unit in the Western Cape Provincial... 

Mokonyane blames municipalities' R7bn debt for her dept's financial woes

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had laid the blame for her department's ailing finances on ill-equipped municipalities who could not implement their projects. Mokonyane on Tuesday appeared before the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to account for R2.5-billion in... 

Western Cape reiterates need to save water as dam levels reach 31%

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has reached 31% following recent rainfall, compared with a level of 58% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell has cautioned the public about the... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging
SHARON JONES Desalination may be the most sustainable source of water in the absence of natural recharge of surface and groundwater resources

Company offers complete solution for water treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Chemical dosing and pump solutions supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) says its Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant unit, from Italy-based metering pumps manufacturer OBL, can cater for companies that need small-scale dosing equipment.  

Company offers  complete solution for water treatment works
POLISOL POLYMER PLANT There’s a gap in the market for small-scale dosing equipment that can be custom-made for a client’s applications

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 BHP has approved capital expenditure of $2.46-billion for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence opencut copper mine, in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years.   CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday said the SGO project supports BHP's strategy to deliver... 

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

By: News24Wire      15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Through intensive research, the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering has developed a framework to improve water efficiency in agricultural irrigation systems in South Africa, which reassesses the methods traditionally used to measure a system’s efficiency and... 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT With effective water management and good subsurface drainage, soil health conditions can be created for irrigation farming to assist with food security in South Africa

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis  

     10th August 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to journalist Dylan Slater about the ways South Africa is mitigating the water crisis. 

Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis
Desalination, wastewater recycling posited as workable solutions to South Africa’s water crisis.

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

By: News24Wire      8th August 2017 The City of Cape Town is urging all water users to reduce their water usage further during the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. The city said consumption has remained too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

New approaches key to surmounting  water infrastructure challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPEDING THE SYSTEM The development and operation of sustainable, smart water systems are hampered by supply management challenges and fiscal and broader economic constraints

Zille to bill Mokonyane millions for water systems maintenance, repairs 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is planning to slap Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane with a bill for R3.5-milllion for water infrastructure maintenance that she believes the national department should have done. The national government is responsible for the maintenance of... 

Mayor Mashaba vows to end residents' billing woes

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to take charge of the billing crisis residents have been complaining about for years. "I promised the residents that they would get our very best to relieve them of the misery they have endured at the hands of our billing system. Unfortunately, to date,... 

Localisation in infrastructure development in SADC critical for industrialisation

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical for industrialisation, according to African Integration and Industry chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans, who spoke at the SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.... 

New report shows municipalities still fall short in drinking water quality, sewage treatment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 The drinking water of three municipalities in South Africa have failed to meet the national standards for quality drinking, while 59 failed to meet the set quality standards for sewage systems, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday. This followed the nationwide testing of the... 

City of Cape Town warns of water supply restrictions for high water users

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday, warned that people with unjustifiably high water usage would face water supply restrictions as the City remained 142-million litres above the 500-million litres of collective water use per day target. “If there is a knock on your door, don’t be surprised when it... 

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

Mokonyane rejects Outa's claims of delay tactics in Lesotho water project

By: News24Wire      27th July 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has rejected with contempt allegations made by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) that she had deliberately delayed the implementation of phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. In a statement on Wednesday, Mokonyane's office said... 

Gauteng’s water levels see marginal drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2017 Gauteng’s dam levels have inched down owing to a lack of rainfall as winter progresses and, despite the “stability in the system”, water users are cautioned to use water sparingly. The Integrated Vaal River System is continuing to decline week-on-week, edging down 0.5% this week to 84.1%;... 

Cape Town warns residents after water consumption rockets 

By: African News Agency      25th July 2017 The City of Cape Town has warned residents to reduce water consumption immediately or face disaster, this after daily water usage rocketed to well above the target of 500-million litres per day. The City said that recent rains did not mean that life could go back to normal. 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation

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