Web app from SRK innovators helps users save water

Web app from SRK innovators helps users save water

In celebration of World Water Day, innovations that assist in saving water are imperative, especially in South Africa. Global firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has brought water-saving closer to home with an innovative web-based app that can get individuals to reduce their domestic water use – introducing fun and competition to the exercise. WaterWar is an app that goes beyond just calculating water use; it uses peer pressure as a motivator for saving water.

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Get on board with the new water use licence system

Get on board with the new water use licence system

The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving with an on-line system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group in Johannesburg who hosted a workshop on the topic last month.

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Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash

Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash

For nearly 100 years, Mount Everest has been a source of fascination for explorers and researchers alike. While the former have been determined to conquer “goddess mother of the world” – as it is known in Tibet – the latter have worked to uncover the secrets that lie beneath its surface. Our research team is no different. We are the first group trying to develop understanding of the glaciers on the flanks of Everest by drilling deep into their interior.

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Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

As water conservation efforts aid Cape Town in surviving the worst drought in a century, there are an encouraging number of businesses and individuals who are pursuing initiatives to boost water supply. But what often obstructs them, according to SRK Consulting senior environmental consultant Scott Masson, is the necessary red tape around water provision.

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​​​​​​​JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

​​​​​​​JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

This year’s World Wetlands Day (2 February) was celebrated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by bringing together community leaders, municipalities, state departments, scientists and industry to discuss a workable solution to the rapidly declining water levels in the area. This includes the Vazi Pans peatland wetland system.

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Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Vivid scenes of worried Cape Town residents clutching empty water vessels in long snaking queues are ricocheting around the globe. Everyone is asking, “How did this happen?” Or, more precisely, “Can it happen in my city?” The importance of effective water management has been shoved, blinking, into the limelight.

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