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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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Easy water saving tips

What you can do to save water at home IN THE BATHROOM: Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Letting the tap run for two minutes while brushing your teeth twice a day could be wasting as much as 33 litres of water. Rather fill a glass with water and rinse your mouth and […]

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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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Warning on water demand in South Africa

Johannesburg – The country’s water demand will exceed supply by 2025, Consulting Engineers SA (CESA) said on Thursday. “Of concern are the metropolitan areas such as the Witwatersrand where shortages are expected as soon as 2013,” CESA’s president Zulch Ltter said in Johannesburg. He said due to rapid urbanisation and infrastructure constraints, intervention was required […]

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Mekong waters hit record low

Mekong waters hit record low The livelihoods of 60 million people is threatened by falling water levels on the Mekong [Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister has said he will seek urgent talks with China after the water level in the Mekong River plunged to its lowest level in 20 years. The river, which has its source […]

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