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Fear of a dry future for Cape Town

A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town’s defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 […]

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What is Raw Water, and is it healthy?

Devotees claim that raw or “live” water taken directly from its natural source has a whole host of health benefits, thanks to the presence of mineral compounds and probiotics. But what about harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses, and the risk of infection? “We’ve spent generations of science and effort to try and protect people from drinking raw water. […]

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Rainwater Harvesting Calculator – South Africa

How much rainwater can you harvest from your rooftop? You need to know your rooftop surface area and local annual rainfall to calculate how much rainwater you can harvest. To calculate your rooftop surface area (approximately), use a tape measure or meter stick to measure a walking stride that is 1 meter in length. Then, […]

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Lowveld Dam Levels – Watch out for the 2017/2018 dry season

MBOMBELA – One should bear in mind that the 2017/18 rainy season could again be late and poor as we are still in a dry cycle. We always have to use this precious resource wisely. MBOMBELA – Many of these people reside in the Lowveld where there have been regular service-delivery protests in recent weeks. Meanwhile, […]

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Climate Watch for South Africa

The South African Weather Service has advised the public that with the onset of winter on the horizon, it is highly recommended that water saving measures continue across the country. Most of the local and international forecasting systems consistently indicate that South Africa’s summer rainfall areas may expect wetter conditions during the latter parts of […]

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South Africa: Renewables Program Gains Momentum

Already the continent’s largest producer of renewable energy, South Africa is moving to further reduce its reliance on hydrocarbons by expanding private sector investments in solar and wind projects, and introducing biofuels. Under the Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Programme launched in 2011, the contribution of independent power producers (IPPs) to generation is expected to reach […]

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Using Water Hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products

Achenyo Idachaba, C.E.O, Mitimeth, is working with rural communities in using water hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products. Achenyo very recently (Jan, 2016) spoke at a TED Women gathering about the process and the incredible environmental and social implications of this meaningful work. Rainharvest.co.za adds: Water hyacinth is a free floating, or mud rooted plant, […]

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Water Angels: Kindness during South Africa’s Severe Drought

For many South Africans, the water crisis has reached rock bottom. But, while the country remains in the grip of a severe drought, relief has come from all corners. Social media awareness efforts have rallied schools, companies and private individuals to distribute water and animal feed to some of the Free State’s hardest hit areas […]

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Video: Budget rainwater harvesting system & water tank

This is an excellent practical explanation of a budget rainwater harvesting system and plastic water tank. The video shows just how easily (and cheaply) water can be directed to a poly water tank; ideal for rural areas around the world and especially for water scarce South Africa. If you are in South Africa, see more […]

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