Despite being a water-scarce country, South Africa faces extremely high levels of water wastage with confirmation of losses at municipalities estimated to be close to 50%.
According to an analysis done by Frost & Sullivan, the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) mining and oilfield water-treatment chemicals market covers the supplies and demand of these chemicals in mining countries, which include Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, as well as oilfield countries, which include Nigeria and Angola.
In a press release published in October, the province of KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Water Affairs (DWA) confirmed that the construction of the Spring Grove Dam is scheduled to deliver its first water by April 2013.
Fluid hammer occurs whenever the fluid velocity in pipe systems suddenly changes, such as at pump-stop, pump-connection or valve openings.
Off-the-shelf solutions can help to improve subsoil drainage in waterlogged gardens.
The Board of Rand Water announced the establishment of a Rand Water Academy as a priority project for its Human Resources Portfolio on 12 October.
The winners of the annual Women in Water Awards were announced on 13 August in the Free State. The Shomang Sebenzani Development Initiative, Khiphikhono Disabled Organisation and Mzilela Community Garden Cooperative were announced as the winners in the four main categories.
The South African Department of Water Affairs’ second draft National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS2) was gazetted on 27 August 2012, following Cabinet’s approval. The NWRS2 will be available to stakeholders for a period of 90 days to make comments and suggestions.
The week of 30 July 2012 to 3 August 2012 was South Africa’s National Science Week. BASF partnered with the University of Pretoria to host The Kids Lab, where a series of water experiments were conducted together with the Sci-Enza Centre of the University of Pretoria at the Sci-Enza Science Centre in Pretoria.
The Mossel Bay Desalination Plant, which cost R210-million to build, can produce 15-million megalitres of water a day, but currently puts out only 5-million megalitres of water, as the drought in the region has subsided. This is used entirely by the synthetic petroleum plant, PetroSA, the town’s largest water user.