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South Africa’s $40 Billion Water Gap Threatens Economy

Concrete patches on the canals snaking through Nico Greeff’s vineyards betray constant repairs to an outmoded irrigation system that’s the lifeblood of farming in South Africa’s arid west.

“The water infrastructure is about 60 years old and the lifespan of a surfaced canal is about 40 years,” Greeff, 55, said on his farm near Vredendal, […]

Tap greywater before fresh water runs dry

South Africans seem to be a bit behind on taking up the initiative to conserve water, the main perceived reason being that water is not seen as being expensive enough. […]

Climate change: Arctic could be an open sea within a decade

Sometimes, the future arrives with alarming speed. In the 1990s, and again in 2000, climate scientists warned that – unless urgent action was taken – the Arctic Ocean could be clear blue water in summer by 2050. This August researchers making a first analysis of data from the European Space Agency’s observation satellite CryoSat-2 were […]

Regions with water disputes

Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions South Asia

India is home to three major river systems – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and the Indus – which support 700 million people. As an upstream nation, it controls water flows to Bangladesh to the east and Pakistan to the west. India and Pakistan are both building hydropower […]

Water shortage warning:

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The drought is giving us an unwelcome lesson in the state’s preparations for drought.

Greywater recycling could reduce water use by 30%

It starts at “Normal,” with no need for reduced water use.

Phase Two is “Water Shortage Watch,” with a goal of 5 percent reduction in water consumption.

Phase […]

SA tipped to run dry by 2050

Alarm bells are ringing louder as stakeholders expressed concern last week that South Africa would experience a critical water shortage by 2050 if innovative programmes were not put in place urgently.

Industry insiders said the country would “run dry” by then if measures to curb the problem were not implemented urgently. Also, the agricultural sector […]

Benifits of Greywater recycling outway potential risks

A quick review of greywater recycling indicate that the benifits far out weigh any potential risksand that the potential risks can easily be overcome.

Benifits:

A growing population — Cape Town is still expanding rapidly and much is needs to be done to enable all household receive fresh water. The city has a limited […]

Water flows through heart of sustainability challenges

TEN years ago, SA was the focal point of the world media as the host country of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Held a decade after the iconic Rio Earth Summit, the WSSD produced a conceptual leap in understanding that sustainable development is about more than environmental activism and the balance of nature. […]

Water Conservation is Everybody’s Concern

Water Conservation is Everybody’s Concern […]

Power and Water Collide

Wind and solar photovoltaics require no water to generate electricity. Conserving energy and becoming more energy efficient doesn’t require a drop. […]