Southern African nations need to up their groundwater management game

Southern African nations need to up their groundwater management game

When you think of a country’s water resources, you may not realise that there are many kinds. Some is surface water, such as dams and rivers. There’s also groundwater, which includes aquifers and, in some places, artificial recharge schemes that transfer surface water below-ground to store it.

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Drilling a borehole? Here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect and how you can prepare

Drilling a borehole? Here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect and how you can prepare

Why do you need water? To irrigate your garden and top up the swimming pool? To provide household water to a small rural community or farm household? Or maybe even to service a multi-hectare irrigation scheme. Whatever your requirements are, nothing beats a source of cost-effective water right where it’s needed. And in most cases, that solution is a borehole.

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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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