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Water scientists: Source of life running out

There may come a time when rainwater harvesting and rainwater tanks will be the only safe source of drinking water in many urban areas.  Rain water tanks are a good way of storing emergency water supplies and reducing water bills. Investing in water conservationb measures now will help to lessen the effects of global water […]

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South Africa could run short of water

Everyone in South Africa should consider where they can save water and actively contribute to reducing water shortages by considering rain water tanks for rainwater harvesting as well as other water conservation systems. Depending on the area, size of roof and rainfall, rain water tanks could supply a household’s entire water needs. We could run […]

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Will cities ever develop better water use strategies?

The question and answer dialogue below makes for some interesting and thought-provoking reading.  Although domestic water use pales in comparison to agriculture, industry and energy production, it is still smart to investing water conservation measures such as rain water tanks, in addition to adopting water-saving habits. If the definition of insanity is making the same […]

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South Africa: Johannesburg loses nearly 40% of its water annually

Water losses in Gauteng municipalities and many other towns and cities around South Africa should be spurring homeowners and businesses to invest in water conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting tanks.  Rain water tanks can collect significant amounts of rainwater that could become critical emergency water supplies when municipal water shortages arise. Gauteng municipalities collectively […]

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South Afican businesses becoming aware of water’s strategic value

Just over 70% of a group of  South African JSE-listed companies surveyed had already experienced financial loss because of water issues, according to a London-based research company that, with the National Business Initiative (NBI), looks at South African companies’ water use. South Africa is predicted to run out of water as soon as 2015, and […]

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Ghana: Water & electricity shortages belie growth

In Africa, progress does not guarantee access to the most basic necessities. This is amply demonstrated by Ghana, whose economic growth is the envy of its neighbours even while the government is failing to ensure a sufficient supply of water. This failure comes at an economic and human cost, as expensive water from private suppliers […]

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South Africans have a constitutional right to sufficient water

A letter from a South African citizen:  Chapter 2 of the Constitution under Section 27 gives every South African the right to sufficient water. I suspect that those of us who are fortunate enough to have sufficient access don’t always realize exactly how difficult life can be without it. Imagine not being able to wash […]

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Tanzania: Residents Turn to Rain Water As Taps Run Dry

Arusha — ARUSHA residents have now been compelled to rely on the ongoing rains as their main source for domestic water since the city taps continue to run dry. A study around the urban precinct has revealed that many people have started to harvest rain water from the roofs of their residential houses and storing […]

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South Africa: Limpopo district seeks R1bn to curb water shortage

Limpopo’s Capricorn District Municipality, which includes Polokwane, requires at least R1 billion to eradicate water shortages. Executive mayor Lawrence Mapoulo said on Wednesday that of the total 342 838 district households, about 42 098 did not have access to water.

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