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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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How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water

By Sue Lebeck Published May 14, 2014 This is the first in Sue Lebeck‘s four-part series “Previewing the possible for smart cities.” Standards, prestandards and potential future standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies. The best practices and more […]

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Tshwane – Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Recent increases in extreme events which have included hail, floods, droughts and heat waves have shown that the City of Tshwane is experiencing the impacts of climate changes and climate variability. These have been costly to the City, both in terms of human and financial resources. Climate change over Tshwane is thus a reality. The […]

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World Day to Combat Desertification: Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It!

News from the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005 – 2015 Issue 40. 13 June 2014 www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/decade_weekly.shtml Date: 17 June 2014 Place: Worldwide Since 1995, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) has been raisinges awareness onabout the threats and consequences of desertification and drought. The goal of the day is not only […]

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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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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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Johannesburg and Durban can no longer supply water demand.

By Jeremy Westgarth-Taylor This statement is made clear in an article in The Times on line on 14 April 2014. This is the view of highly respected Anthony Turton, various municipal bureaucrats and a Johannesburg city councillor.  Sense is made though by Councillor Ralf Bittkau, who is promoting the harvesting of rainwater as a means […]

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How to solve cities’ great problem of water supply

The article below appeared on 31 March 2014 in Business Day. 31 March 2014, Johannesburg. While potholes and road washaways are considerable problems, our biggest water challenge in SA is water scarcity and increasing the efficiency of water use, writes Francis Gibbons IT’S EASY to paint a picture of extremes when it comes to water. […]

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Red tide degraded – it is now safe to use water

10th February 2014 Scientists (Knysna Basin Project and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) have found no evidence of toxicity of the red tide in Knysna. Of the three types of organisms that could have potentially caused the red tide in Knysna, the dinoflagellate group was identified as dominant. Fish kills and the death of […]

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Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war

From California to the Middle East, huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is ‘standing on a precipice’ By Suzanne Goldberg, The Observer, Sunday 9 February 2014 On […]

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