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Water

City of Cape Town withdraws drought levy proposal

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has scrapped the proposed introduction of a drought levy, after the proposal was withdrawn at a special sitting on Friday. Council members debated the proposal following strong public backlash to the idea since it was mooted on Sunday, January 14. 

ANC WC to request inquiry into whether City 'deliberately ignored' drought warnings

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The ANC in the Western Cape on Thursday said it would request President Jacob Zuma to institute a Commission of Inquiry to establish whether the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town "deliberately ignored the warnings of the diminishing water resources". "The DA must accept the blame... 

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Investment prioritised in water industry
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

Hammerhead benefits  in replacing Gauteng’s  ageing pipelines
URBANITE The Hammerhead pipe-bursting solution allows crews to work in confined and heavily built-up areas

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)

Drought levy likely to be dropped after massive outcry – De Lille

By: News24Wire      18th January 2018 The controversial drought levy, or drought charge, proposed by the City of Cape Town will most likely be rejected at a council meeting on Friday, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Thursday. This, as detailed plans for the "eventuality" of the City’s Day Zero contingency plans will be released next... 

Drought levy likely to be dropped after massive outcry – De Lille
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Cape Town cuts water allowance to daily 50 litres as Day Zero nears

By: African News Agency      18th January 2018 Cape Town on Thursday drastically cut water restrictions from 87 litres per person per day to 50 litres -- about two-and-a-half standard buckets -- as South Africa's mother city continues to struggle with a three-year-long drought that could see it become the first major modern city in the world... 

Cape Town cuts water allowance to daily 50 litres as Day Zero nears

Gigaba must refuse De Lille's drought levy proposal – Western Cape ANC

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape wants Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to refuse embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's bid to replace R1.6-billion in lost revenue through a drought levy, given the allegations of corruption swirling around the council. "They are using... 

Gigaba must refuse De Lille's drought levy proposal – Western Cape ANC
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Like many others in Cape Town, Sandra Dickson has no other option but to get creative. "We catch water from our showers in buckets, and throw it into our toilets," Dickson, who has been living in the South African city for the last 24 years, told Al Jazeera. 

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

South Africa’s dam levels continue to drop

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 South Africa’s dam levels continue to decrease, with data released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), on Wednesday, showing that average dam levels had dropped from 60.2% last week to 58% this week. In the Western Cape, dams have reached critically low levels, with the average dam... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations. "Day Zero" – the date taps are due to run dry – has crept forward to April 22 as city... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

City of Cape Town launches its water map, another effort to address water crisis

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday, launched its water map and calls on residents to paint Cape Town green with their water-saving efforts in order to get through drought stage in the province. “We thank all of our water savers who are working hard to avoid day zero which is estimated to kick in on... 

City of Cape Town launches its water map, another effort to address water crisis

Sapoa concerned about funding Cape Town water projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) is concerned that the City of Cape Town is not receiving the necessary income needed to fund projects for emergency water supply augmentation projects that were launched in mid-2017. The city proposed to raise the funding through the... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 With South Africans facing uncertainty around future water supply, particularly in the drought-stricken Western Cape, a local toilet manufacturer has received the 2017 Southern African Company of the Year award from research firm Frost & Sullivan for its efforts to save water. Enviro Loo has... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

Sale of borehole water illegal – DWS

By: Anine Kilian     10th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has warned citizens that it is illegal to sell water from private boreholes. It said in a statement on Wednesday that private boreholes were meant to benefit the occupants of the piece of land or property on which the borehole has been drilled, and... 

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

Rand Water restores 75% of water in Emfuleni

By: African News Agency      10th January 2018 Emfuleni said on Wednesday utility Rand Water had restored at least 75% of water supply, easing shortages that have hit the municipality for months. Emfuleni however said some areas were still struggling due to burst pipes resulting from an ageing infrastructure. 

Rustenburg Water Trust opens tenders for Bospoort treatment works expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 The Rustenburg Water Services Trust has invited companies to tender for the mechanical and electrical works for the upgrade of the Bospoort Water Treatment Works (WTW). As implementing agent for the Rustenburg local municipality, the trust is seeking bids from suitably qualified and experienced... 

Rustenburg Water Trust opens tenders for Bospoort treatment works expansion

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption

By: News24Wire      10th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6-billion in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, said Mayor Patricia De Lille on Tuesday. "That is R1.6-billion that we are not receiving through the sale of water now," said De Lille. 

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption
Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille

Aquifers can deliver more water than initially thought – De Lille

By: African News Agency      9th January 2018 A ground water survey commissioned by the City of Cape Town had found aquifers that can deliver more water than initially anticipated, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "Today we announce our news that we can get 150-million (litres of) water per day," De Lille said at a press conference... 

Aquifers can deliver more water than initially thought – De Lille

Disgruntled mayor barricades Rand Water gates demanding water for residents 

By: News24Wire      9th January 2018 Frustrated Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe has barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office in Emfuleni, Vereeniging on Tuesday morning, following the interruption of water supplies due to debt to the water board. Khawe told News24 that, although his municipality was financially... 

Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis deepens 

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Dam levels in Nelson Mandela Bay which supply drinking water are at an all-time low of 26.94%. The City’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure and Engineering, Councillor Masixole Zinto, said the recorded levels were the “lowest ever”, as compared to 31% that was recorded in 2010. 

Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis deepens

Vaal river dams increase levels, but DWS urges conservation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 The Gauteng dams which form part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to climb up to higher levels following a period of consistent decline. The IVRS is this week in sharp contrast compared to what it was last year during the same time. The system is currently at 71.9% compared to... 

Vaal river dams increase levels, but DWS urges conservation

French Development Agency in discussions with City of Cape Town over climate resilience strategy

By: News24Wire      15th December 2017 The French Development Agency is discussing the possibility of providing financial support for the City of Cape Town's climate resilience strategy as the municipality battles a devastating drought gripping the Western Cape. "This would be mostly around infrastructure needed for desalination and... 

Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Sanitary ware manufacturer Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings (GDWT) – which recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese housing equipment company LIXIL Corporation – has embarked on a national tour to familiarise South African contractors, developers and aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts... 

Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip
KEEP ON TRUCKING The newly built African Pro Tour Truck is in Bloemfontein and will be traveling to Cape Town in the new year

Water department recoups portion of R10.7bn municipal debt

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2017 Since threatening to restrict water flow to recover R10.7-billion debt from defaulting municipalities, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has recouped more than R250-million and secured commitments amounting to R300-million. In November, the DWS had issued notices to 30 defaulting... 

Water department recoups portion of R10.7bn municipal debt
Photo by Duane Daws
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West 

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels' 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels'

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 The Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town on Monday afternoon. Last month, the Western Cape government denied that the town of about 37 000 residents had reached "Day Zero" with water supply. 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March
OCEAN ASSISTANCE The City of Cape Town awarded six companies the construction and commissioning of six desalination plants on November 7 as part of the solution to the water crisis

City of Cape Town needs to focus on customer-centric solutions to mitigate water crisis

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2017 While the City of Cape Town has focused much of its effort to alleviate the water crisis on supply-side fixes like desalination and tapping underground aquifers, more effort needs to be put into demand-side solutions that incentivise customers to reduce water use, according to Blue Horizon energy... 

City of Cape Town needs to focus on customer-centric solutions to mitigate water crisis

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