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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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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Sunshine: India’s new cash crop

Solar power has brought some really attractive possibilities to the fore for the groundwater industry in Southern Africa. And so, when I came across this article on solar powered groundwater pumps in India, I was very intrigued. As a developing country, India shares many of our problems and opportunities. I think there are some excellent lessons we can draw from their experience. Editor

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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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Johannesburg Water and the Borehole Water Association sign MOU

Johannesburg Water and the Borehole Water Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering a plan to promote the drilling of boreholes as an alternative source of water.

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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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