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Department of Water Affairs proposes water quality regulation amendments

The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) on Tuesday presented amendments to water quality regulations to delegates attending the third Municipal Water Quality conference in Cape Town. Speaking on behalf of the department, Kirthi Gangaram presented regulation five, which requires water services institutions to have a comprehensive drinking water quality plan in place. The water quality […]

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Check your municipality water quality with My Water

South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs has launched a new web-based tool where the public can view their municipality’s water score card (example below) MY WATER   Welcome to my water search page. Find out the Drinking Water Quality in your area. Enter a town and/or suburb and/or street and click GO! Excellent Acceptable Need […]

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Northern Cape solar resources among the best in the world

The 5 000 MW solar park, which government is planning to build near Upington in the sun-drenched Northern Cape, would have some of the best solar resources in the world, the Stellenbosch University said on Friday. The long-term average direct normal irradiation (DNI) at the site was calculated to be 2 816 kWh/m2 a year […]

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Power and Water Collide

The power industry has a water addiction, and worse yet, it’s in denial. The fact is that power plants are responsible for 49 percent of all water withdrawals in the United States, more than the combined amount withdrawn for drinking water and agriculture. Why so thirsty? Because power plants need a lot of cooling water. […]

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Former Minister of Water Affairs & Forestry Passes

Professor Kader Asmal passed away yesterday, 22 June.  Our condolences to Prof. Asmal’s family.  He was an intellectual who recognised the dire need for water conservation measures in water scarce South Africa and was a happy Water Rhapsody customer (see testimonial below). Former Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry 11 February 2010 To Whom it […]

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Nedbank launches pilot project to convert burst geysers to solar geysers

Banking giant Nedbank’s insurance division, Nedgroup Insurance, has launched a pilot project allowing its home-owner clients to install solar geysers as replacements when existing geysers burst or malfunction. Nedgroup said the project would assist its clients in reducing their electricity consumption and thus their household running costs, while also easing the burden on the national […]

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The Amazing Qualities of Water

Water is amazing. It occupies about 2/3rds of the Earth’s surface. It is the basis of life in many ways. It interacts with the atmosphere as a major cleanser of sorts. So how does it do it? Some water molecules split the difference between gas and liquid, a study in Nature shows. Air and water […]

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Water Footprints: How Much Water in Your Food?

Often, when you think about food production, it is only the carbon emissions in terms of fertilizer use, transportation etc that is accounted for. However, food production also has a steep water footprint. The water footprint is yet another environmental yardstick that measures how much water goes into the making of something. In 2009, the […]

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Why You Should Support Farmers’ Markets

By visiting your local farmers markets, you: Create relationships. Farmers markets offer a safe, outdoor space to meet and mingle with neighbors and food producers. More than just a place to shop, the farmers market is a place to build community around food. Enjoy food at its freshest and most flavorful. Food that is grown, […]

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