Groundwater News Roundup (Sep/Oct 2017)

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

AQUIFER ALERT: ARE WE DRILLING TO WATER DISASTER?

“A groundwater account is much like a bank account: if withdrawals exceed deposits, the account shrinks,” writes expert Sandra Postel in her 2017 book, Replenish. “Rarely monitored or regulated, groundwater depletion is the sleeping tiger of global water threats.”


#CapeWaterGate: DEMAND FOR BOREHOLES RISES AS DAM LEVELS SINK TO 35%

Cape Town is well into Phase One of its Water Resilience Plan with dam levels at 35% and usable, safe drinking dam water sitting at around 25%. By comparison, dam levels were 62% this time in 2016. Despite critical dam levels, collective consumption is still over 600-million litres of water per day. Water-wise domestic users are turning their attention to groundwater to reduce some of the pressure on municipal water sources – but what are the options and how deep into their pockets do consumers have to dig for boreholes and well points? 


BONE-DRY BEAUFORT WEST UNCERTAIN WHEN 'DAY ZERO' WILL ARRIVE

For almost a month‚ the Gamka Dam‚ which supplies water to the municipality‚ has been dry‚ and the town has been operating on borehole water and purified water from its waste-water plant.


10 WAYS TO SAVE WATER

Consider these ten ways to save water highlighted by the WWF. 


WATER SOURCE AREAS

While our modern water system is comprised of both engineered infrastructure and ecological infrastructure, the engineered part consisting of pipes, canals and dams is heavily dependent on the healthy functioning of the natural part of the water cycle.


KROPZ DEWATERING AT ELANDSFONTEIN ACCEPTED BY WATER MONITORING COMMITTEE

Kropz ground water monitoring results over a six month-period at Elandsfontein have shown that all water is being well accepted downstream of the mining area.

Kropz monitoring results over a six month-period from April to September 2017 have shown that all water being pumped by the borehole system designed to de-water the mining area of Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine near Saldanha Bay is being well accepted downstream of the mining area, where flow continues towards the Langebaan Lagoon.


WATER & MANAGEMENT

Providing adequate clean water – for cities, farms, industries, and ecosystems – is a perpetual challenge.


H2O CATALYST: LIVE INTERACTIVE BROADCAST FROM WORLD WATER WEEK

FROM THE FRONT LINES: HOW GLOBAL CONFLICTS ARE CHANGING WATER’S VALUE

On August 29th, 2017 policymakers, security analysts, investors, educators, scholars, and students as well as leaders from companies and aid agencies took part in a timely interactive town hall about water and conflict.