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Sewage and Effluent

Sanitation solution developed for underserved communities, schools

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 The introduction of the Enviro Loo Clear Non-Sewered Sanitation System (NSSS) marks a substantial advance in addressing pressing issues of sanitation and water scarcity, says sanitation service provider Enviro Loo COO Mark La Trobe. The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100%... 

Plastic pipes key to modernisation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 To address the challenges of water scarcity, sanitation inadequacies and the need for efficient waste management there is ongoing reassessment of the materials and technologies used in infrastructure projects, says industry association Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association... 

PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance
PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance

Task team established to enhance service delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 In response to the concerning findings of the Blue, Green and No Drop reports, which highlight a nationwide decline in the quality of water services, government has established a task team dedicated to enhancing service delivery across various municipalities. The task team will aim to reverse the... 

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly
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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly

NGO unpacks poor quality of S Africa’s wastewater systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works (SWWTWs) fail to meet minimum standards, which the NGO says endangers water sources nationwide, including those that supply drinking water to communities. This dire... 

FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE  
AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide
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FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide

Jetting units used proactively in maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 Severe flooding events along South Africa’s coastal regions have underscored the crucial role of resilient infrastructure in managing excessive rainfall, says pumps supplier Werner Pumps, which has committed to delivering 50 custom-built vehicles, at five vehicles a month, to a municipality in... 

ENHANCED MAINTENANCE
The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems
ENHANCED MAINTENANCE The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems

Contractor supplies sewage treatment plants for Ghana developments

28th April 2023 Local water and wastewater treatment engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor WEC Projects has completed the design, engineering and supply of new sewage treatment plants for three different developments in Ghana – two hospitals and an apartment complex. All three projects... 

ONGOING SUPPORT
A five-person team from WEC Projects oversaw the installation of the plants and provided training to operators during the commissioning stage
ONGOING SUPPORT A five-person team from WEC Projects oversaw the installation of the plants and provided training to operators during the commissioning stage

Patented technology improves sustainability of plant

28th April 2023 Water treatment solutions provider Veolia Water Technologies’ patented solutions for wastewater treatment and biogas production are now in service at dairy company Pınar Süt’s factory in İzmir, Türkiye. This allows the company to meet new discharge legislation and achieve its environmental... 

Contractor secures new orders from diamond mine

By: Cameron Mackay     28th April 2023 Following its successful expansion of the sewage treatment plant of diamond miner Lucara Diamond’s Karowe mine in Botswana, water management contractors WEC Projects has secured further orders from the company. The further orders were for the design and construction of a sedimentation trap,... 

Image of artificial wetlands created by WEC Projects
WORKING THROUGH WATER SHORTAGES WEC Projects worked with Botswana authorities and the mine to ensure that the solutions designed met the requirements for current environmental legislation

Sector can benefit from water optimising solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     28th April 2023 It is evident that the South African sewage and effluent sector is under tremendous strain, as ongoing sewage spillage is a symptom of a “far wider and deeper issue”, stresses water solutions provider Xylem Africa strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry. The infrastructure to manage... 

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES
The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

Privately run Cape Town wastewater plants in good nick

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 To improve the operating efficiency of its wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), South Africa needs to increase the number of plants operated by private companies, such as the Zandvliet WWTW in Cape Town, global water technology company Grundfos Cape Town branch manager Hennie Hanekom tells... 

KEEP ON TRACK
Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology
KEEP ON TRACK Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology

Rethink of local waterborne sewage system unavoidable

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 As a water-scarce country, a rethink of South Africa’s waterborne sewage system is inevitable, owing to the threat of climate change, with the country’s overall water security partially hinging on its sanitation security. This is according to South Africa’s premier water knowledge hub, the Water... 

QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification
QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification

Act compliance lacking in municipalities

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Although the purpose and provisions of South Africa’s National Water Act, No 36 of 1998 and Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997 are prescribed, it is the observance and compliance with the obligations under these Acts that is wanting, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr environmental, mining and... 

MONITORING MATTERS
The welcomed resurrection of the Blue and Green Drop Certification programme will again give the country insight into the status of its municipal sewage plants
MONITORING MATTERS The welcomed resurrection of the Blue and Green Drop Certification programme will again give the country insight into the status of its municipal sewage plants

Manufacturer supplies 19 km of HDPE pipes in Polokwane

23rd April 2021 Wastewater treatment plants play a crucial role in the removal of contaminants from wastewater and sewage in order for its conversion into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle in an environment-friendly way or to be reclaimed for other purposes. 

Equipment supplied for sewage plant

23rd April 2021 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD supplies a range of Samson apron belt feeders, designed for bulk materials handling in sewage treatment plants. Samson surface feeders offer flexibility for efficient materials handling reception in diverse applications, including sewage treatment... 

Company launches new pump unit

23rd April 2021 Leading South African high-pressure jetting equipment design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist Werner Pumps has created a new trailer-mounted 6-inch centrifugal pump unit. Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner explains that this unit can be used to pump water and solids in maintenance... 

JACK OF ALL TRADES The pump unit is also suited for use in the paper, textile, food processing, chemical, utilities, mining, tanning and water purification industries
JACK OF ALL TRADES The pump unit is also suited for use in the paper, textile, food processing, chemical, utilities, mining, tanning and water purification industries

Tech assists water utilities improve sewer systems

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd April 2021 Water technology company Xylem Africa offers the BLU-X wastewater network optimisation technology to water utilities for better control over the performance and capacity of their sewer system assets. “BLU-X helps utilities to reduce sewerage overflow, detect sewer blockages, minimise flooding... 

PROBLEM SOLVED
The power behind BLU-X is not only the data collected but also the meaningful insights generated that will enable utilities to make informed decisions
PROBLEM SOLVED The power behind BLU-X is not only the data collected but also the meaningful insights generated that will enable utilities to make informed decisions

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Mobile sewage cleaning unit available locally

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Local high-pressure pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has joined forces with sewer cleaning equipment manufacturer Baroclean to supply South Africa’s first rapid response vehicle for sewage cleaning operations. Werner has imported a high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit... 

HOT WHEELS
The bakkie mounted high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit is a compact solution to hard to reach sewage projects
HOT WHEELS The bakkie mounted high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit is a compact solution to hard to reach sewage projects

Supplier keeps valves flowing

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Water treatment solutions provider Allmech assures clients that although South Africa is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown, implemented last month, the company will continue to supply its water treatment solutions and Runxin filter valves range in the coming months. Runxin valves are... 

"A-RANGED" When all lined up the Allmech Runxin range of valves suites most sewage and water treatment applications

Drive systems suited for sewage applications

24th April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers solutions for the water, wastewater and sewage sectors, encompassing the supply of quality branded drive systems. BMG supplies an extensive range of drive packages from Nord Drivesystems and diversified corporation Sumitomo Drive Technologies including... 

HANDSOME HANSEN BMG offers a full range of gear units that drive aerators, water screws and brush aerators for the sewage and water treatment sector
HANDSOME HANSEN BMG offers a full range of gear units that drive aerators, water screws and brush aerators for the sewage and water treatment sector

Andrew Mentis

19th November 2019 Established in 1950, Andrew Mentis started as a precision engineering works and has grown into a leading supplier of steel grating on the African continent. Grating is an engineered product and Andrew Mentis manufactures it in such a way as to ensure that it has the appropriate load-bearing... 

Andrew Mentis

Drives range ensures efficiency in sewage treatment applications

26th April 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG’s  NORD drives range is designed for optimum efficiency in sewage treatment applications. “NORD range, which consist of unicase helical shaft mounted geared motors, have special features to meet the requirements imposed during water treatment procedures,” says BMG... 

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector

26th April 2019 The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti reiterated government’s commitment for collaborative efforts to lead transformation of the water sector as the department prepares to launch the Phakisa Process for Water and Sanitation. The Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure... 

GAME-CHANGER Phakisa for Water and Sanitation will change the department and the sector as a whole
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GAME-CHANGER Phakisa for Water and Sanitation will change the department and the sector as a whole

Scope to upgrade wastewater plants amid industry lull

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 Owing to ageing infrastructure, overloaded treatment plant and poor maintenance, the water and wastewater infrastructure in South Africa is a dire situation. Government has had challenges on upgrading this infrastructure owing to numerous issues, particularly in the sewage and effluent sector. 

CONSTANTLY EVOLVING
Companies should consider looking into trends that can provide technological improvements for their in-house products
CONSTANTLY EVOLVING Companies should consider looking into trends that can provide technological improvements for their in-house products

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

WASTE TREATED
Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused
WASTE TREATED Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused

Sewers could help clean the atmosphere

26th April 2019 Sewage treatment – an unglamorous backbone of urban living – could offer a cost-effective way to combat climate change by flushing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Last year, researchers at Princeton University concluded that sewer plants serving municipalities globally offer a major option... 

Rescue Rod

26th April 2019 Rescue Rod has specialised in pipeline cleaning, horizontal drilling, waste management, pipeline rehabilitation and CCTV inspections with the best technology available since 1990. With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial drain... 

Rescue Rod

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades

26th April 2019 A new, resilient and efficient approach to sanitation resource management is required to overcome the national backlog confronting South Africa’s sewage treatment infrastructure, says water solutions specialist Veolia Water Technologies South Africa marketing GM Chris Braybrooke. He adds that the... 

HEALTH HAZARD Underperforming sewage infrastructure is a health hazard and threatens the ecology of natural water sources
HEALTH HAZARD Underperforming sewage infrastructure is a health hazard and threatens the ecology of natural water sources

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns  

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 With the objective of saving about 580-million litres of water a year through its low-flush cistern toilet system project, utility company Joburg Water says the project can also save the city about R3.5-million a year. “Households currently use 29% of their water for flushing. The project is... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns
Joburg Water communications and marketing manager Isaac Dhludhlu discusses new water projects that the city is undertaking for the next two years. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Rescue Rod

23rd April 2018 Rescue Rod has been involved in providing pipeline services and waste management in various ways since 1990. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and offers some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the... 

Rescue Rod

Sewer manual to be published next month

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will publish its comprehensive sewer product manual next month that provides detailed information on its range of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe applications and installations in the sewage and effluent sector.  

RENIER SNYMAN A properly designed and installed sewer system can last an excess of 50 years
RENIER SNYMAN A properly designed and installed sewer system can last an excess of 50 years

Workshop addresses sanitation policies for forums

28th April 2017 Last month, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) held a workshop in which issues pertaining to water and sanitation policies, illegal connections and the implications thereof, water tariffs and billing systems, as well as water restrictions and licensing, were presented.  

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