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Water

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. 

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

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero? 

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

Mokonyane urges business community to invest in water infrastructure

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 South African minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, on Tuesday urged the business community to invest in the country’s water security in a bid to prevent the collapse of one of the sectors on which the economy rests. Speaking at the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit 2017 in... 

Monthly 'drought charge' on cards for Capetonians

By: News24Wire      5th December 2017 Cape Town residents may have to pay a monthly "drought charge" for about three years from February, as officials try and raise R1-billion annually while dams in the province recover from the worst dry spell in more than a hundred years. Details about the proposed charge are contained in a report... 

Three Cape Town households exceed 1 000 litres of water per day

By: News24Wire      4th December 2017 While Capetonians have been urged to reduce their water usage to below 87 litres per person daily, three households on average, exceeded 1 000 litres per day. This was revealed by City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday, who said the properties - two in Pinelands and another in... 

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Parliament portfolio committee says no to water cuts

By: African News Agency      30th November 2017 The Portfolio Committee on Water in Parliament has resolved that threats by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities are not a viable solution to resolve the matter. Some municipalities and water boards owe DWS substantial amounts of... 

Parliament portfolio committee says no to water cuts

Water cuts: Treasury can't write off municipal debt

By: News24Wire      30th November 2017 National Treasury told Parliament on Wednesday that it cannot write off the debt of 30 municipalities facing possible water cuts next month. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday said at least 30 municipalities would experience water cuts if they failed to pay their debt... 

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

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