Groundwater News Roundup (Mar/Apr 2018)

HERE'S A ROUNDUP OF SOME OF THE MAIN STORIES MAKING NEWS IN THE GROUNDWATER INDUSTRY

Digital technology is key to avoiding Cape Town’s next water crisis

Cloud-based IT and smart water-management devices are leading the way in protecting water resources in SA and around the world.


Rainfall 'significantly' improves dam levels across SA

South Africa's department of water and sanitation on Wednesday said the steady rainfall over the past weeks has seen several dams across the country overflowing.

A weekly report by the department indicated that the rain was soft but intense enough to soak the soil and restored groundwater for basic use.


Several dams overflow due to improved rainfall — but not near Cape Town

Improvements in the past two weeks have been noticed in most provinces‚ particularly Gauteng‚ Mpumalanga‚ Free State‚ North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The Western Cape Water Supply System’s six dams that serve mainly the City of Cape Town decreased from 18.3% to 17.7%


South Africa: Water and Sanitation On Heavy Rain at Modimolle and Mookgopong Towns

Modimolle Mayor, Anellie Van Staden, has expressed hope that last week's heavy downpours in the dry Modimolle and Mookgopong will assist to avert further discomfort in the two Waterberg towns of Limpopo.

 


South Africa: Flood Warning Issued for Cape Town As Cold Front Lands

The City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre has been placed on alert after the South African Weather Service issued an advisory warning of localised flooding on Monday evening.

 


Adelaide aquifers face a dry future

Healthy aquifers and groundwater supplies – just as important as Murray River-supplemented reservoirs – are a strategic source of Adelaide’s and South Australia’s long-term sustainability, with water experts warning the Adelaide Hills streams and catchment systems need urgent attention.