Web app from SRK innovators helps users save water

Web app from SRK innovators helps users save water

In celebration of World Water Day, innovations that assist in saving water are imperative, especially in South Africa. Global firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has brought water-saving closer to home with an innovative web-based app that can get individuals to reduce their domestic water use – introducing fun and competition to the exercise. WaterWar is an app that goes beyond just calculating water use; it uses peer pressure as a motivator for saving water.

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University taps into JG Afrika’s expertise to ensure water security

University taps into JG Afrika’s expertise to ensure water security

Stellenbosch University is working to reduce its water-footprint. Not only will this provide urgent relief to the Stellenbosch municipal water supply, but it will also serve as a blueprint for many other institutions and businesses exploring ways of conserving this important resource.

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Is Cape Town's drought the new normal?

Is Cape Town's drought the new normal?

Journalists and the general public are asking many questions about the Western Cape drought. What is meant by a drought? Why is the drought happening? Where exactly is the drought occurring? Is this drought caused by climate change? Could it have been predicted? Should we not expect it given Cape Town’s climate?

More recently, however, questions tend to be about how wet the coming year is expected to be. Is it going to be as dry as this past year? Is this drought “The New Normal“?

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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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Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa

Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa

WWF-SA and BCG held a workshop with industry, government representatives and water sector leaders to explore two key uncertainties in our water future - the availability of water and the state of governance of the sector.  Download the report so that you and your organisation can use the scenarios to consider what part you can play to help South Africa overcome the current crisis, as well as prepare for and even shape the future of freshwater supplies in 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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