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Water – Use it Wisely

Many towns in South Africa are still using antiquated water distribution systems.  Water loss through evaporation, leakages and inefficient water-use plague not only old systems but also modern systems where inadequate maintenance is carried out.  White River has an old canal system which is monitored and well maintained by the White River Irrigation Board.  Water […]

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Mountain fog used to provide water

A WATER-stressed rural community of Mount Ayliff in Transkei has been given some relief with water made from fog. The project, which was made possible by the Alfred Nzo District Municipality and University of South Africa climatologist, professor Jana Olivier, has already yielded positive results.  More than 30 households in Cabazana Village in Mount Ayliff […]

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World Water Day – March 22, 2010

Our Thirsty World World Water Day 2010 & Beyond:  We Can Solve the Global Water Crisis Why World Water Day? Billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation: one out of every six people lack safe drinking water and two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation.  World Water Day, […]

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Water Footprints of Nations

What is your country’s ‘water footprint’? The ‘water footprint’ of a country is defined as the volume of water needed for the production of goods and services consumed by the inhabitants of the country. The water footprint of a country can be calculated with either

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Natural Water Purification

‘World’s Most Useful Tree’ Provides Low-Cost Water Purification Method for Developing World ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2010) — A low-cost water purification technique published in Current Protocols in Microbiology could help drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease in the developing world. The procedure, which uses seeds from the Moringa oleifera tree, can produce a 90.00% […]

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NATIONAL WATER WEEK 2010

Minister`s National Water Week Message 2010 This year’s National Water Week is an historic event in the calendar of water activities. It comes at a time when South Africans are bracing themselves for the FIFA World Cup tournament in June\July, an event that will attract thousands of international visitors to our shores. It is therefore […]

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Water at the core of climate change impacts

Desertification, flash floods, melting glaciers, heatwaves, cyclones or water-borne diseases such as cholera are among the impacts of global warming inextricably tied to water. And competition for supplies might cause conflicts. “The main manifestations of rising temperatures…are about water,” said Zafar Adeel, chair of UN-Water which coordinates work on water among 26 U.N. agencies. “It […]

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Rainwater harvesting needs political buy-in to relieve water poverty

Water is unlike other scarce natural resources: it underpins all aspects of society, from ecology to agriculture to industry – and it has no known substitutes. Like oxygen, water is fundamental to life. Water is also an integral part of the production systems that generate wealth and guarantees well-being.  Water provision is the most basic […]

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Hartbeespoort Dam drinking water unsafe

Authorities have finally admitted the drinking water sourced from the Hartbeespoort Dam is not safe. Last month Eyewitness News reported on a serious sewerage spill at the dam. At the time the Madibeng Municipality insisted the tap water in the area was safe.

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