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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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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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And the sewage flows….

Major sewage spillages are once again polluting the Hartbeespoort Dam and the area around the Sunway development in Rietfontein. In Schoemansville it seems the pump station is not functioning and sewage is flowing down a rivulet behind Magalies View Estate into the Dam. Ward Councillor Graeme Peplar said that he made enquiries with the Madibeng […]

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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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Chemical pollution of European waters is worse than anticipated

Date : June 17, 2014 Source:Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research – UFZ Summary:Substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 have been a declared objective of the EU member states, manifesting itself by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. A recent study shows that this target is unlikely to be met due to the high […]

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Brace yourself for ‘water-shedding’

Olebogeng Molatlhwa | 14 April, 2014 Johannesburg will soon be struggling to maintain a reliable water supply to its more than 4 million residents. Durban will also face a water crisis in four about years. Water rationing – comparable to power utility Eskom’s load-shedding – might be enforced if Johannesburg people fail to act to […]

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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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Water Pollution 2014

Water Pollution 2014 is the 12th International Conference in the series of Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Water Pollution. The conference, which has always been very successful, provides a forum for discussion amongst scientists, managers and academics from different areas of water contamination. The wealth of information exchanged in this international meeting continues to be […]

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South Africa must act fast to protect its water source areas

South Africa’s water future can only be secured if we act fast to protect the integrity of the ‘crown jewels’ of the country’s water resources in the form of a handful of catchment areas located in mountainous areas around the country. “We need to act now to ensure the right measures are in place to […]

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