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gauteng

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…

reefs

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…

Save the Earth

Why we shouldn’t frack

Any idea how many wind power plants South Africa has? One. How many wind turbines does that plant have? Four. South Africa as a country has no clue what a decent wind farm is all about. This means that we have no idea how to live off the grid or move towards a more sustainable way of living. Instead, we…

Water wasters!

Gauteng is wasting water (and money)

“Gauteng is wasting water”. Obviously this statement applies for the entire country but for Gauteng it has now been put into nice neat statistics for you: In the 2011/2012 financial year, the Gauteng municipalities lost 480 980 000 kilolitres of water. That is an unfathomably large amount of water. It amounts to no less than a third of the water used in the…

Water Rhapsody: Promoting water conservation

Ground water is shrinking away.

In the previous article, the subject of Gauteng and the Cape Provinces’ water supplies (or lack thereof) was tackled, ending off with the issue of ground water being a finite source of water. Here’s why… Groundwater – a finite source. Nowhere in the history of South African water supply has this be more prominent than in Beaufort West and surrounding…

South Africa: not a drop to drink

South Africa and the dripping time bomb

Reasons why Gauteng is out of water. Gauteng like any other city is forlornly short of finance to upgrade existing and build new sewerage treatment works.  The resultant sewerage flowing into rivers arrives in rivers to dams like Hartebeespoort Dam, and increasingly back into the Vaal.  There this concoction of high BOD (biological Oxygen Demand) water, industrial waste containing heavy…