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How Will Cities Supply Enough Water in the Future?

It’s official: For the first time in human history, more people are living in cities than rural areas — a trend that’s certain to accelerate. But with most freshwater systems already stressed, how will the world’s cities be able to supply water — and water that’s clean — to a projected 1.5 billion new residents […]

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Kenyan Villagers Turn Invasive Water Hyacinth into Moneymaker

The rapid growth of invasive water hyacinths has taken a serious toll on Kenya’s Lake Victoria, creating inhospitable conditions for the fish local people depend on, while sheltering other unwelcome guests: disease-carrying snails and deadly snakes. But with a little help from a U.S.-based organization, villagers living near the lake are turning this environmental crisis […]

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Water quality a global problem…are you prepared?

Cities of the world are under threat because of water quality issues, United Nations Habitat said on Wednesday. “The fact of the matter is that our cities in the world are under threat. Johannesburg is one of those cities,” said UN Habitat spokesman Piers Cross.

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Water crisis by 2020

Experts tell conference that action to avert shortages is needed now South Africa faces a water crisis and could start having critical shortages as early as 2020, experts told the inaugural South African Water and Energy Forum in Johannesburg. The forum’s two-day conference is being held at the Sandton Sun for local and international experts […]

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Water crisis worst blunder of 2010: union

The government’s handling of the national water crisis was its most serious blunder in 2010, trade union Solidarity said. “In a country afflicted by a scarcity of water, a fast-growing population and aging infrastructure, our water predicament has now become a ticking time bomb,” union spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said, listing the government’s top 10 blunders […]

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‘Blue Drop’ water quality scheme gains momentum, but critics say more is needed

Water quality and availability have become matters of growing concern in South Africa. The yearly renewable freshwater supply per capita currently stands at between 1 000 m3 and 1 700 m3, but this will likely shrink to less than 500 m³ by 2025, according to the World Resources Institute.

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Study shows consequences of SA water crisis

A Uasa economic impact study on the impact of South Africa’s water crisis predicts a possible decrease in disposable income, a hike in government spending, and thousands of job losses. The study was commissioned by the trade union Uasa to establish the real impact of the South African water crisis on the country. The study […]

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ESKOM and WRC enter into a strategic research partnership

Recognising the strategic link between sustainable water management and energy generation, the Water Research Commission (WRC) and Eskom have agreed to enter into a strategic research partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement and the formation of a Joint Research Committee. Through this partnership, Eskom and the WRC will jointly fund and undertake research on topics […]

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Water Quality & Water Quality Management in SA

What is Water Quality? Water quality is a term used to describe the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, usually in respect to its suitability for an intended purpose. These characteristics are controlled or influenced by substances, which are either dissolved or suspended in water.

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