In this issue of the Borehole Water Journal Online Volume 108.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.
Even though they have very different weather patterns, there's a lot a city like Cape Town, which is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years, can learn from Windhoek and how the city has conquered multiple water crises.Read More
Level 4B water restrictions were approved by the City of Cape Town with effect from 1 July 2017 due to the decreasing dam levels and insufficient rainfall. Find out more about the four levels of the City of Cape Town's Water Restrictions.Read More
Recent regulations from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will hopefully overcome the long delays in securing water use licences, and allow more streamlined implementation of projects. Read more about the implications of these new regulations.Read More
Groundwater is playing a major role in supplementing water supply in the region, which largely is still suffering the consequences of the drought. Read more about this and other issues which we cover in this issue of the BWJO.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
While we don’t tend to notice Earth and atmospheric tides, they do affect both the land and the world’s largest freshwater resource located underneath our feet. Read more about a new groundwater analysis method that uses the concept of atmospheric tides.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Life without electricity is difficult, life without water is not possible. So, the drought is over in many parts of southern Africa. Let’s hope that the dry parts of our country get the rains that will consign this “challenge” to history.Read more about what's in this issue.Read More