Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:03

Where are the water workers?

The Department of Water Affairs is the custodian of South Africa’s water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector. It also has override responsibility for water services provided by local government. While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and safe sanitation, the water sector also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.

While certainly not the largest contributor to South Africa’s economy, the bottled water industry plays a vital role by employing 1 800 people and generating sales of R3 550-million.

Software that is developed to optimally manage water consumption could play an important role in preserving water for future generations as the effective monitoring of water losses, especially in municipalities, can potentially save thousands of litres of water.

SSI is a multi-disciplinary consultancy that tailors solutions for clients involved in infrastructure development. The company’s services cover the complete spectrum of lifecycle needs within the sectors of transport, water, environmental, energy and resources, buildings and structures, and project and construction management.

Water-storage solutions can play an important role in water management, especially in Africa where water shortages and other factors like supply and demand as well as climate change will influence its availability.

Lafarge is a world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its cement, aggregates and concrete business. The group has 68 000 employees in 64 countries and in 2011 posted sales of €15,2-billion. For the second year in a row, Lafarge ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the Carbon Disclosure Project in recognition of its strategy and actions against global warming.

Krohne is a full-service provider of process-measuring technology for the measurement of flow, mass flow, level, pressure and temperature as well as analytical tasks. Founded in 1921 and with its headquarters in Duisburg, Germany, the company employs over 2 700 people all over the world and is present on all continents. KROHNE stands for innovation and maximum product quality and is one of the market leaders in industrial process-measuring technology.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:50

Producing water out of thin air

Water is a key resource that people need to survive and without it no industry or country will be able to exist. The South African government proclaims that its people are living in a water-scarce country and results of the Water Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which was released earlier this year, paints a dark picture stating that South Africa is headed for a water shortage crisis. Who would have thought that the solution to the problem could literally be pulled from thin air?

Calcamite has been specialising in water and sanitation for the past 36 years. The company offers a wide range of rainwater and conservancy tanks for both domestic and commercial applications. Calcamite’s rainwater and conservancy tanks have the Agrément and SABS Certifications, making it a reliable and quality solution for rainwater harvesting needs.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 10:30

Finding new ways to use plastics

The PET industry in South Africa is eager to address the challenges of recycling post-consumer PET while tackling head-on the environmental problems created by discarded bottles. Extrupet stepped in and filled this gap by recycling more than two-million plastic bottles a day.