Groundwater news roundup (Aug/Sept 2016)

Here’s a quick roundup of what has been happening in the industry.


WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR JOHANNESBURG

The City of Johannesburg is required by the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce its water usage by 15% with immediate effect.

Level 2 water use restrictions (see below) have been in place in Johannesburg from November 2015. The City is now introducing a water restriction tariff on domestic users effective on water usage from September 2016.


WATER RESTRICTIONS: JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP SOUTH AFRICA AFLOAT, IF IT RAINS BY OCTOBER

Parched South Africa is anxiously awaiting La Niña’s expected floodwaters. But we still need a radical shift in how we use water.

South Africa is the 30th-driest country in the world and is officially classed as semiarid, which means that, even during a good year, water resources are stretched. But when regular droughts come along – every decade or two – the whole water system goes into crisis.


EKURHULENI REINTRODUCES WATER RESTRICTIONS

The City of Ekurhuleni has reintroduced previously lifted water restrictions, in response to a call by the Department of Water and Sanitation.


HEFTY FINES IN JHB AS WATER RESTRICTIONS UPPED

Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Environment, Infrastructure Services Department Anthony Still told journalists that water consumption in Johannesburg needed to be reduced by 15% to ensure the reservoirs do not run dry.


COMMUNITIES TACKLE WATER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT IN THE CERES VALLEY

Community members in the Ceres Valley have been taking steps to address water supply management to benefit their communities and the greater business sector.


DAM LEVELS STILL LOW DESPITE RAIN IN WESTERN CAPE

Western Cape residents have been urged to use water sparingly as the province tries to overcome the problems associated with the drought.


WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT HOW THE FRENCH MANAGE GROUNDWATER

Both California and France have recently shifted to more local control of groundwater. There are key differences between the two laws, but both offer opportunities for better understanding of collective groundwater management.


CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT ENERGY FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Despite a history of power generation dominated by coal, South Africa is beginning to experience and reap rewards from a different energy model.


SOUTH AFRICA GETS SOLAR-POWERED ‘DIGITAL VILLAGES’

Not specifically a groundwater story, but this article looks at ways of using solar energy for communities without electricity.