Stormwater innovations mean cities don't just flush rainwater down the drain

Stormwater innovations mean cities don't just flush rainwater down the drain

More than half the world’s population lives in metropolitan centres. The built environment of a city is very different from that of rural and natural areas. When it rains over a rural landscape, much of the rainwater sinks into the ground or is evaporated or transpirated by trees, crops and other plants.

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How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

Groundwater has often been seen as the underground resource that never runs out. This “out of sight out of mind” attitude means wells and boreholes are indiscriminately sunk and that groundwater is abused by the public and even by governments. This is exacerbated in times of drought and even more pronounced in arid areas.

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SRK – 25 years of engineering innovation in Pietermaritzburg

SRK – 25 years of engineering innovation in Pietermaritzburg

Starting small as a “one-man show” in 1993, the world-class Pietermaritzburg office of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has served its region and beyond with projects as diverse as drought relief, water reticulation, stormwater infrastructure, tailings dams, waste management and cemetery planning and developments.

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Water: underground source for billions could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change

Water: underground source for billions could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change

While climate change makes dramatic changes to weather and ecosystems on the surface, the impact of climate change on the world’s groundwater is likely to be delayed, representing a challenge for future generations.

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Thirsty Three: A Water-Focused Graphic Novel for Teens

Thirsty Three: A Water-Focused Graphic Novel for Teens

The WRC has created South Africa’s first water-focused graphic novel series. The novel is aimed at children aged between 11 and 15. It is envisaged that this graphic novel series will go a long way towards sharing the South African water story with a new generation of South Africans in a language with which that they can identify.

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Identification, Delineation and Importance of the Strategic Water Source Areas of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland for Surface Water and Groundwater

Identification, Delineation and Importance of the Strategic Water Source Areas of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland for Surface Water and Groundwater

Strategic Water Source Areas are defined as areas of land that either: (a) supply a disproportionate quantity of mean annual surface water runoff in relation to their size; or (b) have high groundwater recharge and where the groundwater forms a nationally important resource; or (c) areas that meet both criteria (a) and (b).

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Why smart policies are key to solving the world’s clean water problems

Why smart policies are key to solving the world’s clean water problems

Around 2.5 to 3 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. There are at least another 1.5 billion in developed countries who may have access to clean water, but don’t trust its quality. This article explains why smart policies are key to solving the world’s clean water problems.

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