We need to unlock more water resources and drive efficiency in our existing supplies to stimulate the economy and job growth, but the challenges we face are not only on the supply-side but also on the demand-side.Read More
Stellenbosch University is working to reduce its water-footprint. Not only will this provide urgent relief to the Stellenbosch municipal water supply, but it will also serve as a blueprint for many other institutions and businesses exploring ways of conserving this important resource.Read More
Read about some of the takeaways from a Water Research Commission (WRC) workshop entitled “The Sediment Conundrum” that aimed to discuss and develop an integrated approach that can lead to better coordination in the monitoring and management of contaminated sediments.Read More
Journalists and the general public are asking many questions about the Western Cape drought. What is meant by a drought? Why is the drought happening? Where exactly is the drought occurring? Is this drought caused by climate change? Could it have been predicted? Should we not expect it given Cape Town’s climate?
More recently, however, questions tend to be about how wet the coming year is expected to be. Is it going to be as dry as this past year? Is this drought “The New Normal“?Read More
SANS 10299: Development, maintenance and management of groundwater resources was the result of a project initiated by the BWA in 1996 to have a set of standards for borehole construction. Find what each standard covers, and how you can order electronic copies.Read More
Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.Read More
Ensuring optimum system performance from a groundwater installation in sandy conditions requires planning and specific skills. This article explains the implications of pumping water with a high TSS value, and what can be done if you are faced with a "sandy borehole".Read More
If I think back to the many pump installation failures I’ve seen, the idea of "silo mentality" is a common thread running through most of them. Many installations fail due to poor or non-existent communication or lack of a teamwork ethic. In this article, you'll learn some strategies to break down organisational silos so that you, your team, and your organisation, can become more productive.Read More
The Women in Water Empowerment Programme’s (WWEP) goal is to provide support to women-owned and led enterprises to be effective and efficient in delivering water and sanitation-related services to the publicRead More
The story of the business sector and its water security is essentially the story of our urban water supply. Businesses are sensitive to drought, especially when key components of their operations are dependent upon water at a specific quality and time.Read More
Cape Town is almost entirely dependent on surface water from six main storage dams. But if the city and the region is to avert its current water crisis, alternative water supplies need to be added.Read More
Groundwater from non-polluted areas is generally safe for domestic purposes - to drink, prepare food, wash clothes, bath and water the garden. But how can we be sure that the chemical, microbiological and physical properties of water are acceptable for domestic users?Read More
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.