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Water Week

Campaigns can help maximise water recovery – firm 

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 In light of the recent surge of waterborne disease outbreaks, water shedding, supply disruptions and emerging water scarcity, water-solutions company Talbot positively embraces this year’s Water Week theme of Water For All. This year’s National Water Week is scheduled to take place from March 20... 

Company aims to accelerate provision of basic human right

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 Amid South Africa’s water infrastructure crisis, global water solutions company Xylem says improving public awareness on water scarcity, quality and sustainability remain crucial in fast-tracking collective efforts to safeguard the provisioning of potable water. The company commends the Water for... 

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HOLISTIC APPROACH REQUIRED Water connect organisations and the communities they serve. It's not effective to focus only on narrow areas

Firm offers expertise on water use applications

15th March 2024 Global mining consultancy SRK Consulting hails the introduction of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (E-WULAAS). The company regards this as an important aspect of the water application process. This electronic... 

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AVRIL OWENS Structured and agreed upon communication protocols with DWS officials are vital

Rotocarb

15th March 2024 Founded in 2016, activated carbons producer Rotocarb was established with the goal of servicing the carbon-based water purification needs of South Africa. Today, Rotocarb stands as an innovative and pioneering enterprise, dedicated to producing sustainable and locally made activated carbons to... 

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Empowering South Africa’s water future: A strategic vision by EWSETA

15th March 2024 In the dynamic landscape of South Africa’s water sector, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) stands at the forefront of transformative initiatives to fortify the nation’s energy and water infrastructure through strategic skills development. Over the past few... 

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Private-equity investments could address water challenges

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 Mid-market private equity firm Agile Capital asserts that investors have a great opportunity to make sizable investments in the water sector and contribute towards the advancement of sustainable water solutions. The firm invests across several industries in South Africa and uses its networks... 

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LIZ KOLOBE For the private sector to invest, and to ensure good business principles are implemented, is a win-wi

Bespoke reservoirs could enhance water security

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 In light of the water crisis and the growing demand for water supply in the country, leading solutions-based water reservoir manufacturer Videx asserts that the construction of tailor-made water reservoirs can make a positive difference in addressing the growing challenges. The company says water... 

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GROWING DEMAND Videx maintains that the construction of water reservoirs can make a sizable difference in addressing water security

Specialised energy, water management programmes to be implemented

15th March 2024 Skills development authority, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) says that it is developing and implementing specialised renewable-energy and water management programmes in a bid to meet the growing workforce requirements in the energy and water sectors. Ewseta... 

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MPHO MOOKAPELE Advances in the water treatment processes will necessitate the development of qualifications that respond to the future treatment landscape

Pipe network needs upgrading – association

15th March 2024 Industry body Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is calling for government to prioritise an investment in plastic pipes as a sustainable solution to South Africa’s water infrastructure challenges.  The association highlights its presence as a key player, representing... 

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JAN VENTER The intersection of National Water Week, Human Rights Day, World Water Day and Earth Hour, serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnected nature of water, human rights and environmental sustainability

Promoting access through collaboration

15th March 2024 Global water solutions and technology company Xylem is undertaking a strategic collaboration partnership with the African Water and Sanitation Association (AfWASA) to help increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation solutions. The two organisations have a memorandum of understanding... 

Programme designed to propel forward economic fortunes

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 The public service is opening up opportunities for public–private partnerships (PPPs) to supply water to municipalities.  This was identified during a seminar held on February 2, 2023 by the Vuthela iLembe Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme in KwaZulu-Natal. 

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FRESH AND REFRESH Siza Water has reduced losses in the water system from 33% in 1999 to 8% in 2021

App to determine water potability

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 South African charitable trust the Claude Leon Foundation is funding two research chairs, one of which will conclude research on a potable water test-strips application (app) to promote realisation of the right to safe water in vulnerable communities as well as citizen science.   This research... 

Power outages dimming water supply efficiency

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 Purification works and booster stations are expected to be exempt from loadshedding; however, the recent power outages across bulk water utility Rand Water’s entire value chain have created challenges for the utility to pump water regularly. Rand Water CE Sipho Mosai says that, with Rand Water... 

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BLUER PASTURES Rand Water has created a WaterWise programme to not only raise awareness of water shortages in South Africa but also educate individuals on how to conserve water on a daily basis

R120bn portfolio boosts Cape Town’s water infrastructure

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 The City of Cape Town has launched its R120-billion infrastructure portfolio for economic growth, of which around 38%, or R45-billion, will be allocated to addressing water and sanitation infrastructure. This includes the upgrading of wastewater works, sewers to reduce spills, ensuring a healthy... 

Scada systems vital in sector

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 Supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) systems afford customers the flexibility to monitor, control and overall manage specific processes in water plants. The current water crisis in South Africa is a result of the sector’s still largely being burdened with ageing infrastructure,... 

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JOYCE MOGANEDI There is room for improvement, but only if the sector can adopt and embrace change

Constructed wetlands to be completed by this month

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 A system of three constructed wetlands (CWs) was built in gravel-like beds to establish a microbial consortium using plants that essentially ‘eat’ chemical components in discarded wastewater. The wetlands were designed by project participants, postgraduate students and University of the... 

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CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS The wetlands are highly complex bioreactors which convert nutrients and waste products into more benign substances

Local cloud-based innovation network for quality H20

17th March 2023 Water leaks and non-revenue water, dysfunctional water and wastewater infrastructure, high-cost water treatment technologies, poor water planning and accountability, dwindling water resources and deteriorating water quality are some of the water challenges the Council for Scientific and... 

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Guideline to improve agro-processing water efficiency

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has created an Industrial Water Efficiency Guideline following its assessment of water efficiency between 2013 and 2020 in the agro-processing sector. A review of 92 assessment reports indicated that 38 of the assessments related to... 

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LINDANI NCWANE By acting on the recommendations in the guideline, a company can expect lower cost solutions compared to treating, processing and consuming raw water and/or wastewater

Leveraging better water waste treatment to save the environment and ourselves

18th March 2022 With International Water Day commemorated on March 22, the spotlight is rightfully on one of the most precious lifegiving elements upon which we all depend – water. For water to truly be used without harm it needs to be clean, and the fact is that fresh water is not an infinite resource. As... 

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Microtunnelling used to build pipeline

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The Farm 694 bulk civil engineering services project will, once completed, be the longest and largest diameter pipeline project constructed using microtunnelling in South Africa, says WSP in Africa civil and municipal infrastructure civil engineer Darren Osborne. Microtunnelling allowed for... 

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DOING THE GROUNDWORK The Farm 694 project will be the longest and largest pipeline completed by mircotunneling in South Africa

Water reuse can protect resources

18th March 2022 Ahead of World Water Day on March 22, water treatment specialist Veolia Services Southern Africa prompts government and local municipalities to consider the implementation of water reuse solutions, to protect both freshwater and groundwater resources. There is a growing necessity for these... 

Maintenance can reduce water pollution

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The “callous waste and pollution of water” should be given more attention, and the necessary steps to prevent that, such as the maintenance of pipelines, should be prioritised, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. South Africa is a water-scarce... 

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PIPEWORK Plastic pipes have lower failure rates, less corrosion and fewer joint leaks

HydraArc

18th March 2022 Based in Secunda, Mpumalanga, HydraArc offers a range of proudly South African storage tank solutions.  HydraArc’s storage tanks are locally fabricated at its ultramodern Sky-Hill facility which has 75 000 m2 under roof, and workshop space across four bays. Sky-Hill is recognised as the most... 

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Simplifying dewatering through Innovation

18th March 2022 Having worked with screens that clog and cause pump damage to capital intensive dewatering solutions like pontoon, barge, gantry track and deepening the RDAs or TSFs, Turret Engineering MD Rob Hair gained valuable insight and expertise to propose a solution to overcome these challenges. The... 

Turret Engineering MD Rob Hair
Turret Engineering MD Rob Hair

Company provides water levels data

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The National Water Quantity Monitoring System, or Mzansi Amanzi, is providing comprehensive data on South Africa’s water levels in dams, natural lakes and estuaries. This is being used by government and other relevant decision-makers for monitoring and to make informed decisions that improve... 

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MZANSI AMANZI The system is able to monitor almost the entire of South Africa's usable water footprint

Utility model assists with water use initiatives

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 Engineering consultancy firm BBEnergy, with support from its shareholder Agile Capital, is implementing an energy and water utility model in support of a local premium prepared food and beverage business to assist with more responsible water use and improved water management systems. BBEnergy is... 

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MAKING EVERY DROP COUNT BBEnergy's model assists in effectively managing water

Solution offers effective ballast water treatment

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 With ballast water discharge posing significant disruption and potential damage, regulations are being incrementally enforced to reduce the environmental impact, which, in turn, has created a need for cost-effective, efficient ballast water treatment. South African electronics and systems... 

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HYDROTRON SOLUTION The Hydrotron kills organic organisms to allow for the safe discharge of ballast water

Inspections, solutions specialist expands in water sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 Material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial has expanded its services to the water industry. The company saw a need for its non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection services to assist the water industry owing to regular failures relating to water infrastructure. 

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JOHAN GERBER Dekra Industrial now offers its services to the water industry

Water scarcity puts wastewater under spotlight

18th March 2022 Consulting engineers are playing a valuable role in supporting municipalities to upgrade wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), says consultancy firm SRK Consulting principal civil engineer and partner Tiaan Bauman, noting that this underpins vital sanitation services to communities while ensuring... 

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UPGRADING VALUE Gradual increase of organic load put pressure on wastewater treatment plant capacity

Groundwater, wastewater must be secured to ensure water security

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 South Africa’s reliance on surface water such as rivers and dams has resulted in groundwater and wastewater resources being neglected. 

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Water Research Centre research group leader Patrick Hlabela
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Water Research Centre research group leader Patrick Hlabela

Calls for professionalisation of water management

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriately qualified and experienced water professionals are appointed to plan, develop and manage South Africa’s water resources and services, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical director Mike Muller. “Water management is complex.... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With water security declining in South Africa, consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Fiona Sutton believes that securing commitment from companies regarding the value of water stewardship is the first step towards water security. “Adhering to water stewardship... 

 WADING THROUGH THE WATERS
Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security
WADING THROUGH THE WATERS Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security

Pandemic stresses need for conservation

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With Covid-19 further emphasising the importance of water and water conservation in South Africa, water tank storage solutions provider Abeco Tanks has supplied water tanks to several hospitals and facilities in the country to ease the impact of the pandemic. “The best defence against the... 

MANNIE RAMOS JNR
As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service
MANNIE RAMOS JNR As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service

Sizabantu Piping Systems

12th March 2021 Established in 2002, Sizabantu Piping Systems has been changing the lives of people across Southern Africa for nearly 20 years, by ensuring the provision of clean, potable water. With its first branch opened in South Africa’s coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, Sizabantu now has 11 divisions... 

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Water ‘crisis’ needs private-sector intervention

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2020 It is essential for the private sector to proactively contribute more towards the upliftment of water infrastructure and services in South Africa, said water engineering company Talbot economist Mike Smith and Talbot strategic director Helen Hulett during a seminar on South Africa’s water... 

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
If the private sector invests in water infrastructure projects, it can help ensure water security
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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL If the private sector invests in water infrastructure projects, it can help ensure water security

Water security needs diverse, flexible systems

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2020 As climate change increasingly poses a risk to water security, the flexibility and diversity of bulk water distribution and the effective management of these systems are essential to secure future water supply. “Water security depends on the systems that are in place to manage it. Risk is system... 

A SALINE SOLUTION
One way of ensuring a guaranteed supply of clean water is through desalination, as is done in Namibia
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A SALINE SOLUTION One way of ensuring a guaranteed supply of clean water is through desalination, as is done in Namibia

National nonrevenue water programme in development

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2020 The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is spearheading a programme targeting the creation of  a centralised national office to tackle non-revenue water projects for municipalities while seeking innovative funding solutions. DBSA product development specialist Johann Lübbe and... 

IN THE PIPELINE
The national non-revenue water central office and programme should be fully operational by the end of 2021
IN THE PIPELINE The national non-revenue water central office and programme should be fully operational by the end of 2021

Company expects opportunities in water infrastructure

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering expects that aging and old infrastructure will result in several project opportunities focused on renewal. Brimis Engineering MD Andile Nqandela tells Engineering News that the company expects new projects from water boards such... 

WATER MANAGEMENT Brimis Engineering aims to establish a fully functioning water management consultancy division
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WATER MANAGEMENT Brimis Engineering aims to establish a fully functioning water management consultancy division
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