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Water

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... 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Environmental consultant SI Analytics, a division of JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH, has launched the new Smart Low Energy Analyser (Lea), a self-powered and multi-parameter water-quality analyser. The analyser is equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data to be used in... 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks
MARK ROWAND The Smart Low Energy Analyser will provide consistently safe water, operation efficiently, low energy demands and cut costs

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE MULLER We shouldn’t be relying on good luck with the weather for the water security of so many people

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st July 2017 As the global population increases, so too the global infrastructure naturally takes strain. With the combined issues of population growth and climate change, water supplies are becoming more and more tricky to manage. 

SBS Tanks

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Cape Town's dam levels were at just over 26% on July 17, almost 17% down on the same week last year. The City says it is hard to use the last 10% of water in dams, meaning the dam levels are essentially about 16%, GroundUp reported. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these... 

Capetonians still way off water-saving target

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Capetonians missed their goal of lowering their collective water usage to 500-million litres a day, by a whopping 113-million litres in the past week, a city official said on Monday. "The city requires all water users to use less than 87l of water per person per day in total, irrespective of... 

Western Cape water levels still alarming despite recent rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2017 The Western Cape’s dam levels may have increased to an aggregate reported 25.1% on Monday, but it remains a far cry from the average level of 46% reported at the same time in 2016. Despite recent rainfall pushing the dam levels up from the 17.6% reported on May 29, the drought persisted across... 

Water and sanitation department DG given notice of intention to suspend him – DWS

By: African News Agency      17th July 2017 Water and sanitation department director general Dan Mashitisho has been given a notice of intention to suspend, subject to him providing reasons as to why he should not be suspended, the ministry said on Sunday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had “requested the DG to provide... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%
STEVE LINDSEY The founder of Lontra was nominated and shortlisted as a finalist at the 2017 European Inventor Awards

Desalination could be the answer, but financial hindrances remain – DWS 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 While desalination could be the answer to addressing water crises in South Africa, there are still a number of financial challenges surrounding it, says Department of Water and Sanitation infrastructure and operations CEO Leonardo Manus. Speaking to Engineering News Online at a media roundtable... 

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 With freshwater resources in South Africa almost fully utilised and heavily stressed – especially in the Western Cape, where drought conditions have left dam levels at 25% – water scarcity conditions are set to increase in the country, especially in winter months, according to engineering... 

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes

Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water

By: African News Agency      13th July 2017 Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in 10 do not have safe managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has revealed. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joint report “Progress on... 

Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages

By: News24Wire      13th July 2017 The City of Cape Town should spend some of the R1bn raised in its first Green Bond on installing digital water-use devices in homes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) senior lecturer has suggested. "We have no electronic dashboard to help us compare day-to-day consumption," Dr Kevin Winter, who is... 

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Cape Town dams 25.4% full

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 Despite an increase in water levels since June, the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels and usable water are still very low. The city said in a statement on Monday that dam storage levels were at 25.4% and usable water levels were at approximately 15.4%. Water levels have increased by 6%,... 

Nepad Special Fund contributors call for increased contribution for Africa’s infrastructure development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 While contributions to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (Nepad’s) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) Special Fund reached some $90.5-million during the first half of this year, donor contributors have urged other countries to contribute to the fund to support... 

Wesgro to host water loss conference in Cape Town in 2018  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The International Water Association's (IWA’s) 2018 Water Loss Conference will be held in Cape Town from May 7 to 9, 2018.   The conference, which will be hosted by Wesgro, will be held at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) has slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls, a division of electro-mechanical... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the R445-million design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. The dam is one of the two main water transfer components of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP),... 

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

Harsh summer predicted for 2018 – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      5th July 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to conserve more water as a harsh summer is predicted for the city in 2018. In a statement, the city said residents should use less than 87l of water per person per day. 

Next phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation to start in August 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd July 2017 Construction on the fifth phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project is set to begin in August, eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) said on Monday. Phase 5 comprises a new 1 200 mm diameter continuously welded steel high-pressure pipeline, stretching from the Durban Heights... 

TCTA increases Vresap project funding programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd July 2017 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has increased the commercial paper programme for the Vaal River Eastern Subsystem Augmentation Project (Vresap) to R400-million. Vresap comprises a 120-km pipeline from the Vaal dam to the Knoppiesfontein diversion structure, near Secunda, in Mpumalanga,... 

Umgeni Water exec exits as anonymous 'whistleblower' retracts corruption claims

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2017 On the same day Umgeni Water chief executive Cyril Gamede, who had been suspended pending corruption allegations, left the utility, an anonymous letter exonerating him was sent to the board, its spokesperson said on Sunday. "A mutual agreement was reached between the outgoing board of Umgeni... 

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      30th June 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPLs) took turns in blaming each other over the causes of the Western Cape drought. The Western Cape legislature debated the crippling effects of the current drought in the province on Thursday. The draught was... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

Strides made in smart solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 An early flood warning app designed for the city of Accra, in Ghana, will make all the difference to the city’s resilience, its people and their future wellbeing, posits Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke Mastenbroek. The app is a notable example of a smart water solution... 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Although South Africa’s current dam infrastructure setup is reliable, sustainable consulting in the built and natural environment provider WSP Africa Structures senior engineer Peter Townshend says there are a number of short- and long-term solutions that South Africa can pursue to augment water... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply
Photo by Duane Daws
DAMNING STATE Dams in South Africa are under pressure to meet a growing water demand

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa
DATA CRUNCHER Smart solutions combine large amount of raw data with artificial intelligence, in order to convert this into useful information to be used for predicting scenarios

Three-tier approach necessitated to tackle water losses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 A combination of proper water management systems, incentivisation, and solid water infrastructure will enable South Africa to address the prevalent problem of municipal water losses before reaching industrial and residential consumers, suggests smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group... 

Three-tier approach necessitated  to tackle water losses
Photo by Bloomberg
PIPE DOWN Jasco is using data analysis to detect when a leak or burst occurs in the water system

New factory increases monthly production

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 14 new plastic extruder machines have been moved to plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ new factory in Roodekop, Johannesburg, which is next to the already existing Roodekop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe factory. The extruders can produce 2 200 t/m of new high-density polyethylene (HDPE). 

New factory increases monthly production
PELLETS Waste material from the production is being recycled in the factory

Park upgrades provide community upliftment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 The construction of two 35 m pedestrian bridges is under way in Paterson Park, completing the final phase of an upgrade project that will provide the community of Norwood, in Johannesburg, with a visually pleasing and functional recreational environment. 

Park upgrades provide community upliftment
UPGRADED RECREATIONAL ENVIORNEMENT In 2015, the Johannesburg Development Agency initiated a project to uplift the Norwood area that included the upgrade of Paterson Park

Billions more in municipal coffers – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      29th June 2017 The revenue collected by municipalities across South Africa increased by R27-billion in the financial year ending June 2016, in comparison with the previous year, according to the Financial Census of Municipalities results released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Wednesday. The report,... 

Treasury paints bleak picture of water dept's finances

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 There is a misalignment between how the department of water and sanitation plans its budget and how it spends it, MPs have heard. National Treasury presented before the portfolio committee on water and sanitation on Wednesday on the department's performance under the Public Finance Management Act. 

Water declaration signed by WCape provincial and municipal leadership

By: African News Agency      28th June 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, provincial ministers, as well as mayors from across the province, on Wednesday signed a municipal water declaration as part of efforts to secure the region’s water security. The declaration, which was signed in Worcester, was a result of the outcomes of the... 

Acting Umgeni Water chief executive appointed

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 General manager for operations at Umgeni Water, Msizi Cele, has been appointed as acting chief executive following the recent suspension of Msizi Gamede, who faces corruption allegations, the Water and Sanitation department said on Tuesday. Gamede, who has headed up Umgeni Water for nearly five... 

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