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Water supply to Chinese city cut off due to pollution in river

Beijing: Water supply to China’s Handan city, which has over a million people, has been cut off following contamination of local river by industrial pollutants from a chemical plant.

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South Africa: Uranium in Potchefstroom water?

Dentists in the Potchefstroom area will begin collecting teeth from donors to better understand uranium content in the local water supply, according to a media report on Saturday.

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South Africa: Water, water leaking everywhere

South Africa is a water-constrained country. There’s no doubt that our ability to supply the water desired by agriculture, commerce and domestic usage is rapidly coming to an end. A growing population and an expanding economy, even at the slow rates this country habitually achieves, are stretching the deliverability of this most delicate of natural […]

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Eskom’s coal power negatively impacting South Africa’s water

Cape Town – An environmental report has found that the use of water in electricity production is having a negative impact on the water resources for the country and may have long-term detrimental effects. The Water Hungry Coal: Burning South Africa’s water to produce electricity report produced by environmental organisation Greenpeace argues that the use […]

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South Africa: Researcher finds new acid water threat

Cape Town – A science student has uncovered continued acid mine water drainage in a game park that could have devastating consequences for plans to build treatment plants. “I conducted a study in the Krugersdorp game reserve and I looked at what the contamination there is doing,” Wits BSc graduate and honours student Kirsten Olsen […]

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Water solutions sought by mining industries

The global mining water and wastewater sector was expected to grow as the focus on sustainable water solutions within the mining industry increased, a recent report by Frost & Sullivan found. In its ‘CEO 360 Degree Perspective of the Global Mining Water and Wastewater Treatment Market’ report, the firm said that continuing investments into improving […]

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R30 billion needed to start cleaning up South Africa’s mines

In response to the environmental risks posed by abandoned mines, mining companies are legally required to set aside money to clean-up mining operations before they are officially closed. Research published in a new WWF report indicates, however, that mining companies in South Africa are not fulfilling this obligation adequately.

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South Africa: Can the legal fight for clean water be won?

The government, not always obviously, and concerned environmentalists – who are increasingly resorting to courts in the face of a bureaucratic laissez-faire attitude to a clean environment – are directing their energies at keeping SA’s water clean, but whether they are fighting a losing battle given poor attention to essential maintenance is the big question.

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South Africa: Water lawsuit is ‘war against the state’

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says mention should have been made of the mines implicated in the pollution of Carolina’s water supply. THERE was evidence of a war against the state, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said yesterday, citing the legal action taken against her for failing to provide clean water […]

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