These towns survive on prayer... and borehole water

These towns survive on prayer... and borehole water

In an article entitled "When Towns Run Dry", Oxpeckers.org profiles the town of Calvinia, together with neighbouring Nieuwoudtville and Loeriesfontein, which have been hard-hit by the drought. These towns are relying almost exclusively on borehole water for their water supply.

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How groundwater can help - not solve - Cape Town water shortage

How groundwater can help - not solve - Cape Town water shortage

As the end of summer finds Cape Town’s water supply in a precarious state, there are options for making relatively quick and expanded use of local groundwater resources – while acknowledging that groundwater is not the panacea for the city’s water woes.

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Bringing water and sanitation to rural schools in KZN

Bringing water and sanitation to rural schools in KZN

Delivering water and sanitation to rural areas is a multifaceted undertaking that involves technical skill, application of scientific knowledge, and above all an understanding of the communities who are the beneficiaries of these services. Read more about how JG Afrika is helping to bring water and sanitation to rural KZN schools through the sustainable use of groundwater.

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Ensuring reliable groundwater supply in rural areas

A recently completed Water Research Commission (WRC) study has looked to improve the sustainability of rural groundwater supply. The study has confirmed the potential of groundwater as a sustainable water supply for rural community on condition that operating rules are maintained.

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South Africa's "parched prospects" and what we can do to quench the thirst

South Africa's "parched prospects" and what we can do to quench the thirst

An overview and short analysis of the report carried out by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) with the Water Research Commission (WRC) entitled "Parched Prospects II: A revised long-term water supply and demand forecast for South Africa".

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Call for Expression of Interest - Water Unconference

Code for South Africa in partnership with the Department of Public Service and Administration, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, Microsoft and the Gauteng Innovation Hub are hosting an unconference later this month in Johannesburg, focusing on the effects of the drought and general water and sanitation issues.

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Urban water supply: Are we walking on the solution?

As part of the Borehole Campaign launch on 3 February 2016, BWA Executive Committee Member, John Tonkin did a presentation to the media. John pointed out some of the benefits of using groundwater and outlined the BWA's role in the Borehole Campaign. Here are some of the key points from the presentation.

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Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

One of the key objectives when drilling boreholes for rural water supply in Africa has been to optimise what has been termed “cost effective boreholes”. With all good intentions, this approach has been counterproductive, as the drive to reduce costs and increase the number of boreholes has been at the expense of quality.

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