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Harvested Rainwater Harbors Pathogens

South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of that nation’s nine provinces […]

Let there be water

All that happens is a hiss, maybe a few splats of brown sludge, many South Africans will know the feeling of “here we go again”. […]

Consumers are paying too little for water

A stiff increase in the price of water might soon be imposed to fund a backlog in the maintenance of the water-supply infrastructure. […]

Strategy to manage SA’s water efficiently

Pretoria – Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has released the second National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS2), which sets out the vision and strategic actions for effective water management.

The release of the strategy on Wednesday, follows Cabinet’s approval last week. It builds on what has been accomplished by the first NWRS published in […]

South Africa could run out of water: Molewa

“There have been many predictions and pronouncements in the past… that say South Africa will run out of [clean] water.” She said this was a possibility if South Africans did not help to prevent it […]

Gauteng wastes R7.8bn worth of water

A total of 480 980 000 kilolitres of water – the equivalent of 2.5 Hartbeespoort dams or 192 392 Olympic size swimming pools – were lost. […]

World water week 2013

World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water […]

Four Water Resolutions for a New Year

Yes, it’s that time again – time to reflect on the year that has passed, and anticipate what could come of the year ahead.

My head has been unusually full of water lately, to the point of distraction. Over the holidays I worked through two chapters of a new water book and set the course […]

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, […]

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 […]