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Less than normal rain predicted

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness This year’s July was the hottest month since weather records began in 1880, and experts are “uncertain” whether to expect a drought this summer or not. Last year’s temperatures for the southern hemisphere were the highest yet recorded. However, February, March, April, May, and July this year were recorded as […]

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A thirsty future beckons

South Africa is in the midst of a water crisis, with worse to come unless government puts money and political will where its mouth is. We are in the same situation with water that Eskom was in a decade ago with regard to the provision of electricity. We saw the signs then but did nothing. […]

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The rising pressure of global water shortages

Water is becoming more scarce as populations increase, potentially leading to conflict. The age of hydro-diplomacy is upon us, says Jan Eliasson. 29 December 2014 The world is experiencing a surge of water-related crises. The eastern basin of the Aral Sea dried up completely in August, for the first time in 600 years. California has […]

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World to face water scarcity by 2050

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that, by 2050, more than 60% of the population in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa, will live under severe water stress. “Unless powerful measures are taken to boost water productivity, we run the risk of severely constraining economic growth and global wellbeing through waterscarcity,” […]

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What Happens When Sewage Enters a River?

By Daisy Buchana, eHow Contributor Environmentalists and citizens alike worry when raw sewage discharges into rivers and streams. The presence of sewage presents a health hazard for humans, as well as fish and aquatic mammals. Sewage in rivers has long-lasting impacts on local water quality and general river ecosystem health. Entry Methods Sewage makes its […]

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Concerns raised over Vaal River water hyacinth pollution

Thursday 13 March 2014 SABC There is concern about the Vaal River being polluted by water hyacinth downstream from the Bloemhof Dam in North West.  The weeks of rain have caused water levels along the Vaal River to increase significantly. The capacity of Vaal Dam has increased to approximately 105% with several sluice gates opened. […]

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How Many People Die Due to Polluted Water?

By Nadria Tucker, eHow contributor There are many places around the world where clean, nonpolluted drinking water is a rarity. The lack of access to safe water can stem from a variety of causes like regional disputes over water, polluted ground water and climate change. The World Health Organization has estimated that over a billion […]

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From toilet to tap: Getting a taste for drinking recycled waste water

By Kieron Monks, for CNN May 1, 2014 — Updated 1446 GMT (2246 HKT) (CNN) — A third successive year of California’s worst drought in a century has the Golden State’s reservoirs at record lows. Agriculture has been affected, hitting the local economy, while some small communities risk running out of water. But business is […]

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Evaluation of minimum residual pressure as design criterion for South African water distribution systems

HE JacobsI, *; JL StrijdomII IDepartment of Civil Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602, South Africa IIGLS Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch, South Africa ABSTRACT The South African civil engineering fraternity has grown to accept 24 m as the design criterion for minimum residual pressure in water distribution systems. However, the theoretical peak […]

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Water sold to village poor for up to R500

May 14 2014 NONDUMISO ZWANE Jericho, a little village in North West, has been hard hit by water shortages that force even old villagers to pay as much as R500 from enterprising salespeople. It falls under the Bakwena ba Mogopa tribal authority in the Bojanala Platinum district and is home to 8612 people. “There has […]

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