Groundwater news roundup (May/Jun 2017)

Here's a roundup of some of the main stories making news in the groundwater industry


RESIDENTIAL WATER RESTRICTIONS EXPLAINED

Cape Town is in a water scarce region and is currently in the midst of a very serious drought. We need your help to conserve our precious resource and we need to work together to help change the way we use our water. 


GREYWATER GUIDELINES FOR HOME GARDENS IN GAUTENG

Greywater presents a potentially suitable water resource that can be used for irrigating certain plants such as flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns in home gardens. But what is greywater?


HERE’S WHERE TO FIND DATA ON CAPE TOWN’S WATER CRISIS

The City of Cape Town does a good job of providing basic information about the city’s dwindling water supply. Dam levels are updated weekly on the municipality’s site, which also provides information on all the dams providing water to the city. Announcements about the water crisis via electronic billboards and media releases on radio and newspapers presumably reach most residents. The recent drop in water consumption suggests the City’s messaging has some effect.


ISRAELI AND AMERICAN RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NOVEL MEMBRANE FILTRATION METHODS TO FILL A CRITICAL NEED WORLDWIDE

A team of Israeli, German and US researchers have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the process of removing viruses from treated municipal wastewater used as drinking water by cities suffering water shortages.


Selecting the right borehole pump

So the borehole is drilled and now it’s time to install a borehole pump. In this article, we go through the factors that a reputable pump installer would consider when selecting a pump for a borehole installation. The aim is that you, the end-user, understand why a particular pump has been selected for your borehole.

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These towns survive on prayer... and borehole water

These towns survive on prayer... and borehole water

In an article entitled "When Towns Run Dry", Oxpeckers.org profiles the town of Calvinia, together with neighbouring Nieuwoudtville and Loeriesfontein, which have been hard-hit by the drought. These towns are relying almost exclusively on borehole water for their water supply.

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Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa

Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa

WWF-SA and BCG held a workshop with industry, government representatives and water sector leaders to explore two key uncertainties in our water future - the availability of water and the state of governance of the sector.  Download the report so that you and your organisation can use the scenarios to consider what part you can play to help South Africa overcome the current crisis, as well as prepare for and even shape the future of freshwater supplies in South Africa.

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How groundwater can help - not solve - Cape Town water shortage

How groundwater can help - not solve - Cape Town water shortage

As the end of summer finds Cape Town’s water supply in a precarious state, there are options for making relatively quick and expanded use of local groundwater resources – while acknowledging that groundwater is not the panacea for the city’s water woes.

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Bringing water and sanitation to rural schools in KZN

Bringing water and sanitation to rural schools in KZN

Delivering water and sanitation to rural areas is a multifaceted undertaking that involves technical skill, application of scientific knowledge, and above all an understanding of the communities who are the beneficiaries of these services. Read more about how JG Afrika is helping to bring water and sanitation to rural KZN schools through the sustainable use of groundwater.

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