Gauteng and NW Province

Posts tagged conserve water

A river of shit, chemicals, metals flows through our land

Sipho Kings Mail & Guardian 13 Apr 2017 The Olifants River is one of Southern Africa’s most important catchments. Its waters irrigate farming in western Mpumalanga and power Eskom’s dozen coal-fired power stations in the area. The river flows through Limpopo’s platinum belt, bringing water to valleys that otherwise go thirsty. It then breaks through […]

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Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found. Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the […]

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Poultry farm accused of polluting

01 December 2014 A poultry farm in Remhoogte in the Skeerpoort area is being accused of polluting the Magalies River, and subsequently the Hartbeespoort Dam. The Blue Scorpions visited the area this month and took water samples at the outlet from the Eagles Valley poultry plant’s purification dams into the Magalies River, as well as […]

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Greenland ice melt underestimated, study says

Amount of land covered by supraglacial lakes on Greenland ice sheet will double by 2060, exacerbating melting as temperatures rise Melting ice from the coast of Greenland could make a much bigger contribution to rising sea levels than has previously been thought, a new study suggests. Scientists believe a previously overlooked side-effect of global warming […]

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Hard Wisdom for Scarce Water

NOV 28, 2014 Moshe Alamaro is a research affiliate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT and Chief Technology Officer of More Aqua, Inc. CAMBRIDGE – In California, residential consumers are being fined for wasting water. The goal is to combat a severe drought by reducing residential consumption by 20%. The […]

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Serious Water Problems by 2015

Gauteng will face serious water problems by 2015 if innovative measures are not implemented to conserve water and bring more into the province. Speaking at a Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum, held last week, Mike Muller, a member of the National Planning Commission, said Gauteng had actually run out of water 70 years ago. […]

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South Africa’s water resources under immense pressure

South Africa is currently facing a multi-faceted water crisis. The mismatch between water supply and water demand, the theft of water resources, a deteriorating infrastructure, the loss of essential skills, a strangling educational pipeline, management failure, and deterioration in the quality of water, are all potential threats and key concerns. Anja du Plessis, project leader […]

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Deflate a balloon, and it flattens. The same with the ground when too much water is pumped out of aquifers.

Federal Water Tap, June 16: A Legacy of Water Contaminated by Energy Development in the Northern Great Plains Monday, 16 June 2014  Inadequate waste disposal practices from more than a century of oil and gas development — practices that are no longer permitted — are the chief source of salty brines in the waters of […]

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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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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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