Groundwater news roundup (Mar/Apr 2017)

Here's a quick roundup of news in the groundwater space.

DAM LEVELS CONTINUE TO DECREASE

As winter gradually seeps in, water is steadily dissipating from dams, causing the resource availability to diminish slowly. And, to arrest this situation, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is making an impassioned plea to consumers to please use this resource sparingly but most importantly, save it.


WATER PROJECT DRIVES COMPANIES TO MAKE LASTING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

A non-profit organisation is expected to challenge companies, individuals and CEOs to pledge for a water-resilient future at the annual African Utility Week.


FROM SEA TO TAP WATER

Cape Town - As concerns over the ongoing drought continue to mount, Eskom has revealed its plans to install a desalination plant at the Koeberg nuclear power station.

The plans for the desalination plant were announced by the power station’s manager, Velaphi Ntuli, during the station’s most recent public safety information forum meeting.


CAPE TOWN FINALLY HITS WATER USE TARGET

Cape Town – Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700 million litre per day target for the first time.

The city’s inhabitants used 685 million litres per day in the past week, the city said in a statement on Tuesday.


SOUTH AFRICA: DROUGHT - CAPE TOWN MAY BAN SWIMMING POOL TOP-UPS

The City of Cape Town may ban the topping up of swimming pools. Although hoses have been outlawed for watering gardens and washing cars, residents are still allowed to use hoses to fill up their swimming pools, provided they have pool covers. But with the dams which supply Cape Town three-quarters empty, that may change.


WHY BUSINESS MUST TAP INTO STRATEGIES THAT ENSURE A STABLE WATER SUPPLY

It is in the best interest of companies to respond with practical programmes to the drought, which is seen as a long-term trend of scarcity and risk


IT’S AN ILL WIND, BUT NOT FOR DRILLERS

The crippling drought that currently grips South Africa and the Western Cape region in particular has generally negative consequences for food producers, livestock, industry and the economy.

Water, so often just taken for granted when we turn on a tap, is our lifeblood and the one thing all living creatures cannot do without.

But while drought brings hardship – extreme in some cases – it also has a silver lining for those involved in groundwater drilling – that is in developing boreholes and well points.