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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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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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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Explainer: what there is to know about South Africa's aquifers

Explainer: what there is to know about South Africa's aquifers

Many South African cities use ground water and aquifers as their main source of water. And with water scarcity an increasing threat, these sources are becoming more and more important. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali spoke to Gaathier Mahed to find out more about groundwater and aquifers.

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Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

As water conservation efforts aid Cape Town in surviving the worst drought in a century, there are an encouraging number of businesses and individuals who are pursuing initiatives to boost water supply. But what often obstructs them, according to SRK Consulting senior environmental consultant Scott Masson, is the necessary red tape around water provision.

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Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Vivid scenes of worried Cape Town residents clutching empty water vessels in long snaking queues are ricocheting around the globe. Everyone is asking, “How did this happen?” Or, more precisely, “Can it happen in my city?” The importance of effective water management has been shoved, blinking, into the limelight.

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