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Water

Water future: now ‘small’ becomes a big issue

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South Africa is facing what can arguably be called one of its biggest challenges of the millennium – ensuring that it has enough water resources for the generations to come. 

Water bank concept seems feasible

1st September 2000 Preliminary results of a study into artificial groundwater recharge has indicated that it is feasible to ‘bank’ vast quantities of water underground for later use. 

More water for pumped-storage scheme

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is undertaking a feasibility study into increasing the water transfer capacity of Eskom’s Drakensberg power station. 

Jo’burg prepares for private water

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The establishment of the Johannesburg water and sanitation utility and the outsourcing of the management of this may not only provide a solution to the city’s revenue crisis, but could also present a lucrative private sector business opportunity. 

Water pump for Africa

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Newly-formed company Free Water Initiatives, of Midrand, Gauteng, is set to launch a free-flow suction water pump on the local market, which is believed will help uplift rural society life in Africa and other Third World countries. 

Private water obstacles flushed away

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Water Affairs and Forestry minister Ronnie Kasrils has published draft regulations which will govern the involvement of private and public sector providers in water services. 

‘World in a water crisis’

By: System Author     28th April 2000 South Africa will not achieve water security in the twenty-first century without balancing the creation of physical infrastructure and efficient water management. 

Pump contract is on track

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

Progress made in water pollution and treatment

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following the growing realisation that it was no longer possible to separate the fields of water-pollution control and drinking-water treatment, the International Association of Water Quality and the International Water Services Association have merged to form the International Water Association . 

Holistic approach needed in dam-building

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Alternatives to dam-building need to be thoroughly canvassed before a dam is built, and dam-building should not automatically be a first reaction. 

21 000 to benefit from water scheme

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Contracts for the construction of the R28-million Ndaleni water supply scheme are to be awarded at the end of this month. 

Seismic monitors in dam wall

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Despite delays brought on by heavy rain, the R130-million Paris dam, situated on the Bivane river near Vryheid in Kwazulu-Natal, is on schedule for completion in April. 

Pall South Africa

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Factory 

R343m dam on track for mid-2001 completion

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Maguga Dam 

Lesotho is eyeing water and power projects worth R1bn

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South Africa’s neighbour, Lesotho, is considering water and electricity projects worth more than R1-billion for early next century. 

Egoli’s mines turn sights on new gold: water

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Gauteng mines could be supplying as much as 10% of potable water to the province from underground operations in a R1-billion project. 

Methods of heating water by electric current

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Breede river basin study, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is investigating the optimal use of all the country’s water resources in terms of the requirements of the National Water Act. 

Water treatment, Gauteng

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The viability of a privately-owned water-treatment plant that will produce potable water from ground-water pumped from mines is being investigated. 

SA plans its water security beyond 2020

By: System Author     12th November 1999 With South Africa due to run out of water between the years 2020 and 2030, various solutions concerning water conservation and augmentation schemes, among others, need to be maintained and sustained. 

Water project, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry has approved the implementation of the first phase of the Mooi-Mgeni transfer scheme. 

V&A Waterfront residential marina, Western Cape

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Stocks Coastal has started its bulk earthworks contract to prepare the site for the canal. 

Gauteng’s water future hangs on one source

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 It is essential to ensure adequate and sustainable water resources into the next millennium, 

35% of province’s water goes to waste

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 It is estimated that an average of 60% of water within the Gauteng water system is wasted. 

N$95m dam project on track

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Construction on the N$95-million new reclamation plant at Goreangab dam in Namibia is progressing well and due to come on stream in October 2000. 

Co-operation needed in water, sanitation

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South Africa needs private sector involvement to meet the water supply and sanitation needs of the country. 

R53m housing project takes off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Kwazulu-Natal provincial housing board and the Umlazi community have appointed Grinaker Housing Kwazulu-Natal as the developer for the R53,5-million project to provide 3 100 houses to residents in Ward B10. The development is an on-site upgrade. In order to formalise the existing informal... 

Invasive plants threaten SA economy

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Invasive species are one of the single biggest threats to the South African economy, warns Working for Water Programme (WFW) national programme leader Dr Guy Preston. Although no estimate has been calculated for South Africa, scientists in Australia have put their figure at R35-billion damage a... 

Free State water-supply projects are flowing ahead

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Extensive expansions have been undertaken by Bloem Water to ensure that the utility is in a position to continue to meet the growing demands of its consumers, says spokesperson Louis van Oudtshoorn. Bloemfontein’s present source of raw water is the Caledon and Modder rivers, with about... 

Plan is a river first

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Following years of delay the Palmiet river, near Grabouw in the Western Cape, will soon be the first river in South Africa to have a strategic catchment-management plan in place which complies with most of the requirements set out by the National Water Act of 1998. Although the process of drawing... 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Contract secured for 12 gravity sand filters

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Gauteng water-treatment systems and components supplier ASW Engineering has secured a significant contract for the refurbishment of 12 rapid gravity sand filters at Umgeni Water’s Wiggins road water-purification works. The water authority has been experiencing severe filter media loss... 

Facelift for Johannesburg sewage works 

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The facelift of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council sewage works, which included the replacement of its outdated manual control system, has been completed in record time by Gauteng firm Ram-Tec Systems. The old manual control panels of the sewage works, located off the R28 highway, have... 

Software boosts revenue flow of utilities

By: System Author     30th July 1999 By employing modern metering technology, optimising the accuracy of water meters supplying bulk consumers, and employing the latest data-capture and transfer technology, water utilities could increase revenue, reports Meinecke Meters MD Basil Bold. “Through the implementation of these... 

SA water facts

By: System Author     30th July 1999 South Africa is largely semi-arid, and the country’s main source of water is rivers. The country’s yearly rainfall is 470 mm, compared to the world average of 857 mm a year and, on average, only about 9% of rainfall reaches rivers. In addition to surface water, 5 400-million... 

Concrete-mix design for pipeline project

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With the scarce supply of water in Botswana, the challenge to develop appropriate technologies for improving the supply of safe, reliable and affordable water to isolated communities is being improved with the construction of the North–South Carrier pipeline. The project stretches over 360... 

Big industrial show scheduled for Dubai

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Big Five show will once again take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October of this year offering literally billions of dollarsworth of opportunities to suppliers in the key industry sectors served by the show, namely building, water technology and environment, air-conditioning... 

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