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Water Treatment, Purification and Desalination

AfDB pledges to quadruple financing for climate adaptation

19th January 2024 Development funding institution African Development Bank (AfDB) recently pledged to quadruple its financing for climate adaptation to reach $25-billion by 2025 through the promotion of climate-smart investments, and encouraging private-sector funding, mainly for water treatment, recycling and... 

Water reuse increases potable water supply

19th January 2024 Water reuse will add about 7% to Cape Town’s total bulk potable water supply by 2040 as part of Cape Town’s Water Strategy. The programme aims to add 300-million litres of water a day from new sources by 2030, including water reuse, seawater desalination, and groundwater extraction from two major... 

Huge investment to bring Rwanda water relief

19th January 2024 Development finance institution African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, announced last month that it had approved loans of over R4.7-billion to Rwanda, to improve the population’s access to water and sanitation services. The announcement was made by AfDB in... 

Two women and a baby standing around tap with a gent overseeing it
ACCESS TO RESOURCES The investment by AfDB in Rwanda's water infrastructure will bring running water to millions in impoverished communities

Govt called to enhance service

19th January 2024 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo has called for reinvigoration from all government sectors to fast-track service delivery provision to communities to realise “a better quality of life for all”. Mahlobo was speaking during the District Development Model (DMM) Social Compact... 

Grave concern at water problems in South Africa

19th January 2024 The Blue Drop and No Drop reports, as well as the Green Drop progress report and awards ceremony, held on December 5, 2023, were a way to award those who have “heeded the call and subscribed to ensuring that citizens are protected”, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu said at the launch... 

Firm prioritises emissions reduction

By: Lynne Davies     19th January 2024 ‘Possibility in every drop’ is international leader in pumps solutions and water technologies Grundfos’ new brand signature, as it actively addresses critical issues related to water conservation and energy efficiency across a variety of sectors. The company became one of the first to receive... 

R2.3-billion contract for BRVAS approved

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     20th January 2023 The City of Cape Town Council approved the R2.3-billion Water Supply Agreement (WSA) with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on October 27, 2022 for the Berg River to Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS). The BRVAS, implemented by the DWS and the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, enables... 

Treatment system upgraded

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     20th January 2023 Water purification and preservation company Watericon commissioned 11 storage containers around the island of Mauritius early this year.   Watericon has received a yearly tender to install and maintain storage containers to capture water during rainfall. The company is looking at installing 15... 

Circular economy enables value-added by-products

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th January 2023 Nature-based solutions assist in creating a more circular economy and by-products from the treatment can create further value for the water treatment industry, says Rhodes University’s Institute for Environmental Biotechnology (EBRU) director Professor Keith Cowan. By-products can appeal to... 

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NATURAL SOLUTIONS Nature-based solutions create by-products such as biogas and minerals

EBRU’s systems to be used commercially

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th January 2023 Rhodes University’s Institute for Environmental Biotechnology’s (EBRU’s) ongoing research on nature-based water treatment solutions has showcased two possible systems for commercial use that can potentially treat waste water more efficiently while minimising negative environmental impacts. The... 

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KEITH COWAN Two nature-based systems can potentially treat waste water more efficiently while minimising negative environmental impacts

Revamp for two water treatment works

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th January 2023 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has been appointed by the Blue Crane Route municipality (BCRM) as consultants for the refurbishment of the water treatment works (WTW) for the towns of Somerset East and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape. “Although water of acceptable quality... 

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COOKHOUSE WATER TREATMENT WORKS Bosch Projects has been appointed by the Blue Crane Route municipality as consultants for the refurbishment of the water treatment works

Water treatment in citrus industry needed

21st January 2022 Owing to the rising volumes of industrial wastewater in the citrus industry, the need for water treatment in this sector is undeniable.  

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CITRUS INDUSTRY Through water treatment, farms can reclaim and reuse water to help them keep up with their water needs

Water treatment system designed for Mauritius Island

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 Industrial water treatment solutions company Watericon has been tasked to design, build, transport and install a containerised water treatment system for the island of Mauritius. 

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CONTAINERISED WATER TREATMENT PLANTS Without the containers, the capturing, treatment and storage of river water cannot be done and Mauritius would face a water shortage

Technology offers solution to S Africa’s water issues

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 Technology, such as global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric’s Aquavanced Software Suite, can play an important role in alleviating some of the pressure on South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure, says Southern Africa international operations water and wastewater... 

Solution to sewage treatment facility issues

21st January 2022 Tarcron Projects was appointed by Musina municipality in the Vhembe district to find a sustainable solution that would be fit for purpose, robust and simple for the small municipality to operate and maintain. 

BIOROTOR Biorotors modular Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) which could be retrofitted to the existing RBC infrastructure, presented the ideal solution for this project
BIOROTOR Biorotors modular Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) which could be retrofitted to the existing RBC infrastructure, presented the ideal solution for this project

River upgrade wins excellence award

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 The Kuils river upgrade project for the City of Cape Town recently won the Consulting Engineers South Africa AON Engineering Excellence Award 2021 for projects with a value of less than R50-million. 

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OFFSET WETLAND The wetland improved biodiversity and water quality, as well as a reduction in the flood peaks, as the wetlands would act as compensatory flood storage areas

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 A mixture of strategies will provide the best water treatment solution for a water-scarce country, such as South Africa, says global technology company ABB Energy Industries South Africa sales manager Joyce Moganedi. “The scarcity of water has led to the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions
DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions

Wastewater treatment for all industries

15th January 2021 Owing to decades of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry, and a dedicated portfolio of solutions, instrumentation company Endress+Hauser can help make industrial wastewater treatment safe and efficient, explains water and wastewater industry manager Hennie Pretorius.   “Water... 

Awareness grows for atmospheric bottled water

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 Consumers being more cautious about the purification of drinking water has resulted in growing awareness of atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa’s atmospheric bottled water, says Aqua Air CEO Keamogetswe Matsho. The company’s atmospheric water generating technology... 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND
The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises

Local company acquires Netherlands company

17th January 2020 South African physical asset management engineering firms Pragma acquired Netherlands-based consultancy CMS Asset Management. 

Water reuse schemes offer investment opportunities for PPPs

17th January 2020 In the water and wastewater treatment industry, proven technologies are paving the way for a strong business case for bulk water reuse, says optimised resources management company Veolia Group. 

THE NEXT STEP 
Government needs to attract private sector funding to meet its water and sanitation infrastructure development requirements
THE NEXT STEP Government needs to attract private sector funding to meet its water and sanitation infrastructure development requirements

Water project uplifts Diepsloot school

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 About 38 Engen Fuel Retail owners undertook an eight-month task to transform the schooling facilities in Diepsloot, Gauteng, by working on a water and classroom project for learners who are mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

A CELEBRATION OF WATER 
The borehole, which produces water from an aquifer, is expected to supply enough water to at least 3 000 learners
A CELEBRATION OF WATER The borehole, which produces water from an aquifer, is expected to supply enough water to at least 3 000 learners

Clean water still a concern in South Africa

18th January 2019 Despite so many innovators in the sector, South Africa is still confronted by many challenges in the water and sanitation sector. 

Need for new tech knowledge across industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 With technology advancing in the wastewater treatment industry, industry needs to be educated on the latest available solutions that will improve operational economies and ensure long-term cost-savings, says separations and purification company Sagisa projects manager Lourens du Plessis. Sagisa... 

PURIFIED SOLUTIONS
The company provides solutions to various water treatment challenges to add value to the process
PURIFIED SOLUTIONS The company provides solutions to various water treatment challenges to add value to the process

SEW-EURODRIVE gear units used in OEM projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th January 2019 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Wamechsi Group uses products from automation and drive specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa for a range of wastewater treatment plants it has built in the country. This standardization is largely owing to the quality and reliability of the German... 

WILLEM STRYDOM SEW Eurodrive has a range of waste water treatment plants that are built in South Africa
WILLEM STRYDOM SEW Eurodrive has a range of waste water treatment plants that are built in South Africa

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN
The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

GREG MATTHEWS
Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

SANDER ZWEERS
The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

REVERSE OSMOSIS
Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

SIYABONGA FACILITY
The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)
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