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Don't throw money down the drain. Save water.

Water Saving is Money Saving

If you have a garden, this article is particularly relevant to you. If you have nothing but one toilet and a tiny bath, you still need to pay attention… According to Dr Ronnie McKenzie, managing director of the engineering company Water Resource Planning, South Africa is overdue for drought. It’s coming and we all need to take a serious look…

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South Africa Out of Water?

South Africa out of water?   Gauteng is not the only region to be affected by water outages.   Only a few municipalities achieve the status of a Blue Drop. You would be silly indeed to drink the tap water from anywhere outside Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, and the quality will fall from these places too in the very…

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SA facing drought

If you’re reading this, you have access to a computer and the internet. Which also means you can probably walk into your kitchen or bathroom, turn on your tap and water will flow and what’s great is; you can drink it! But not everyone is quite as fortunate as you and me… Recently, the Mpumalanga water programme started up and…

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Energy & Water

98% of all South African river water is extracted for human use. Of the balance, 50% is polluted beyond use. Maybe you have worked out that this leaves only 1% for the functioning of rivers and estuaries.  Seeing as how we spend so much time talking, reading articles, discussing and listening to politicians providing us with excuses for the energy…

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Gauteng Water – Time for Panic

In Gauteng, about 35% of the water produced by Rand Water is not accounted for; we don’t know how much is lost and how much is simply taken through unauthorised and unmetered connections. The time to act is now, while the dams are full, after good rains. Municipalities need to be reminded that the department will put limits on the…

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Climate change – no more Reefs after 2050

Climate change creates unfavourable conditions for the survival of coral reefs. If global and local reef threats continue, including those related to climate change, all reefs could be at risk of disappearing by 2050, according to the key findings of the World Resources Institute. Rising ocean acidity created by higher carbon dioxide levels means fewer carbonate ions, a key ingredient…