Groundwater news roundup (Dec 2016/Jan 2017)

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


NEW SADC BODY TO POSITIVELY IMPACT 70% OF THE RESIDENTS OF REGION

The SADC-Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will positively impact the lives of 70% of the 250-million residents of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), was officially launched in Johannesburg today (September 20, 2016).


SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT IN SADC MEMBER STATES

The Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States project is under implementation by the SADC Secretariat with the support of the World Bank. With the challenges of climate change, pollution and rapidly growing water demand in Southern Africa, the project aims to strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development. The project will support activities at regional, basin and national levels. There are over 30 shared aquifer systems identified across Southern Africa and Member States often share similar groundwater challenges.


ETHEKWINI METRO TO LAUNCH MAJOR WATER SAVING PROJECT

The eThekwini metro says it will put a pilot project in place that could help minimise the impact of the drought being experienced in Durban and surrounding areas.


CAPE TOWN WATER USE DOWN, BUT STILL NOT ENOUGH - CITY

Residents appear to have heeded the call to cut down on their water use, but the City of Cape Town is still urging them to use less.


PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES CAPE'S DWINDLING DAM LEVELS WITH A DRONE

Photographer, Johnny Miller, has captured images of decreasing dam levels to raise awareness about conserving water during the drought.


CITY OF CAPE TOWN TO CLOSE TAP ON WATER WASTERS

Cape Town’s top 20 000 water users will be put under pressure to reduce consumption as the levels of dams supplying the city continue to drop, the city said on Monday.


WORRYING DAM LEVELS TO RESULT IN TIGHTER WATER RESTRICTIONS IN CT

We speak to Councillor Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member responsible for informal settlements, water and waste services for the City of Cape Town. Watch her speak about the extra precautions the city is taking to ensure Cape Town doesn't run out of water.


THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF IRRIGATION

For farmers in Kenya, creative ways to irrigate crops can be the difference between a harvest failing or thriving. In this drought-prone country, access to reliable water sources is a daily challenge.