Many people rely on borehole water from aquifers but, increasingly, aquifers are becoming polluted or severely depleted, even in South Africa. Very dry areas such as the Middle East are not as fortunate as other regions where rainwater harvesting is a viable option. Rain water tanks allow households and businesses to reduce reliance on municipal […]
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Groundwater pollution is a growing problem, not only in China but in other parts of the world too, including South Africa. In some cases, the only truly safe, unpolluted water can be obtained from rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks. Many homes and businesses in South Africa obtain part or all of their water from […]
Bottled water in many countries has, in some cases, been proven to be potentially dangerous to drink and the pollution/landfill issues with used plastic water bottles are a major concern. Rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks may be the answer if you cannot trust the tap water and choose not to support bottled water companies […]
What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it’s an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, anti-social and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies. It may sound funny, but it could threaten the fish population and upset the delicate dynamics of the marine environment, […]
It has been six years since Anglo Coal established a wetland in Mpumalanga to “offset” its encroachment on another of the province’s wetlands. Wetlands cover a mere 2.4% of South Africa’s total 122-million hectare surface area, but the benefits they deliver, from water purification to tourism, far exceed their size.
Water is so central to everything we do that, paradoxically, we tend to take it for granted. This is partly because access to steady supplies of water was central to decisions made centuries ago that dictated the location of the world’s great cities, nations’ centres of industry, and agricultural heartlands. We wouldn’t be where we […]
According to one report, “up to 40 percent of China’s rivers were seriously polluted” and “20 percent were so polluted their water quality was rated too toxic even to come into contact with.” In recent weeks, Chinese and western media have been all atwitter over the shocking levels of air pollution in Beijing and a […]
Common practice for the monitoring of insecticides in water resources reveals shortcomings. This is shown by a current study conducted by the Landau-based Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Koblenz-Landau. Until now water samples have mostly been taken on fixed dates, for example once per month. However, insecticides enter water resources very irregularly […]
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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- Rainwater Harvesting Calculator – South Africa December 29, 2017
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- Climate Watch for South Africa March 29, 2017
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- Don’t Let your Swimming Pool Backwash Water Damage the Environment May 11, 2010
- The Use of Wind Turbines vs Solar Power in South Africa May 8, 2010
- The FIFA World Cup’s Carbon Impact June 4, 2010
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