Water crisis wide spread

Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa’s industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions.

The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and across South Africa water supplies Continue reading

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Day Zero for Cape Town

Cape Town – The threat of Day Zero, which is an increasing reality for Cape Town, is gaining ground, according to data on the latest dam levels released on Monday.

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It indicates that dam levels for Cape Town are 26.3% as at January 29, 2018, from 26.6% at January 26, 2018.

The average daily water production of all water sources is at 580 ml/d compared to the target of 450ml/d. Continue reading

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How severe is Cape Town’s drought?

Cape Town – The causes of Cape Town’s water crisis are hotly contested. There is a drought, of course.

But there are also other reasons brought up in the public discourse, particularly on social media, such as population and water demand growth, unreported agricultural use, invasive species sucking out water in catchments, poor planning and mismanagement of the water supply system, and lack of foresight in development of new water sources, according to a GroupUp report.

Are these significant contributors to the shortage? It’s very difficult to say without dedicated, comprehensive analyses. But facts are few, opinions plenty. Continue reading

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Water Security, what you can do

This is how can Eco-h2o Water Conservation Systems can help you save water, money and give you the water security you need.

 

Rainwater Harvesting System

 

The Rainwater harvesting system will divert and sieve the rainwater from your roof though a self-cleaning filter box fitted to your downpipe and fill your water tank.  From your water tank the water is then pumped (via an in-line filter) to the entire property. There is a municipal top-up on the tank set at your required level (around 1’000ℓ) ensuring you are never without water. This will reduce your dependence on the main water supply.

 

The system guarantees you water at all times by allowing the introduction of mains water should you run out of rainwater.

 

Back-up Water Supply System

 

 

A back-up water supply system gives you an uninterrupted water supply.  Giving you the peace of mind that even when the municipal water is cut, you will have at least two days’ supply (size of tank dependant) to be able to run the home or office.

 

We install a water tank with a municipal mains top-up using a high pressure ball valve, so when the tank is full the valve shuts off and prevents the tank from overflowing. This allows you to fill the tank with municipal water and pump it back into the home or office at a constant pressure and flow rate.  The pump we use is a German made pump with a curve of 80 ℓ per minute at a 3.8 bar pressure.  We install a manifold override to allow you to switch between tank water and mains water, giving you control over the entire water system for your home or office, the manifold has non-return valves and a pressure relief valve to make the whole system safe to use in any home or office.

 

The system would need to be run continuously or at least every 2 weeks (whether there was a water cut or not) to allow fresh water to fill up the tanks.

 

Greywater Re-use System

 

A greywater system allows you to water your garden with grey water, which is usually discarded down the drain. 

Greywater is defined as: water from your bath, shower, washing machine and had basins. 

This water is diverted via the filter into a pump chamber, from where it is automatically pumped along a hose pipe and sprinkler onto your garden via a pyramid sprinkler.  This means that while you are taking a shower your garden is simultaneously being watered. 

The Greywater system is a very cost effective way of conserving water and has an average saving of up to 35% of your water use.

 

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SA is at a critical time for water & sanitation planning

South Africa is at a critical time for water and sanitation planning, according to Trevor Balzer, deputy director general: strategic and emergency projects at the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Addressing the Annual Water Stewardship Summit in Sandton on Monday, Balzer echoed calls earlier this year by the department’s Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete that big businesses should assist in funding sustainable development projects.

Calls went out at the summit for the financial sector to look at ways to support efforts to close the water services infrastructure funding gap of about R30bn per year. Continue reading

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How secure is our water resources?

The scarcity of water resources is not overstated.

 

A 2016 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) indicated South Africa receives half of the world average for rainfall, and that water demand would increase by 32 per cent by 2030.

In a local context, water deficit is a very real phenomenon.

 

At uThukela Water’s AGM earlier this year, infographics showed even a 1.5 per cent growth factor would result in water deficits for Amajuba District by around 2030.

Thus the need to preserve this resource is paramount. Continue reading

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2017/2018 Water and Sewage Tariffs

Water & Sewer increase by 12.2%

Here are the new increases in our water and sewage:  The average household will now be paying and additional 12.2% and no longer gets the first 6kl free.

Here is the break down on what this means to you the home owner:

The average house hold uses 250ℓ of water per person per day: 7’750ℓ per person per month.  If you are a family of 4 people, that means your monthly usage with be around 31’000ℓ per month (31kl).  That means you will now be paying R29.22 per kilolitre, bringing your water bill to around R500 – R600 per month for water only with the additional sewage charge of between R334 – R506, it starts to add up quickly.

There is a solution to save you money and to save our most precious resource:

RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM

 Our Rainwater harvesting system will divert and sieve the rainwater from your roof though a self-cleaning filter box fitted to your downpipe and fill your water tank.  From your water tank the water is then pumped (via an in-line filter and any other additional filters you require) to the entire property.

There is a municipal top-up on the tank set at your required level, ensuring you are never without water.

This will reduce your dependence on the main water supply and reduce your monthly bill by up to 65%.

To save you even more, we offer a Greywater Reuse system.  The garden uses, on average, 30 – 35% of our water usage.  By reducing the need to use municipal water in our garden, you are able to reduce your water consumption even further.

 

GREYWATER RE-USE SYSTEM

Greywater is defined as: water from your bath, shower, washing machine and had basins.

A greywater system allows you to water your garden with grey water, which is usually discarded down the drain.

This water is diverted via the filter into a pump chamber, from where it is automatically pumped along a hose pipe and sprinkler onto your garden via a pyramid sprinkler.

This means that while you are taking a shower your garden is simultaneously being watered.

The Greywater system is a very cost effective way of conserving water and has an average saving of up to 35% of your water use.

 

Eco-H2o is a water conservation company that would be able to assist you with rainwater harvesting systems, greywater reuse systems, back-up water supply systems, pool back-wash recycling systems and toilet flushing systems.   When you have our systems installed in your home not only could you reduce your water bill by up to 90%, you will also never be without water.  We are also suppliers of JoJo water tanks.

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South Africa’s water quality under threat.

Rapid urbanisation is contributing to a deterioration in South Africa’s water quality, Department of Water and Sanitation Water quality planning scientific manager Pieter Viljoen said on Wednesday.

Addressing delegates at an integrated water quality management symposium, in Centurion, Gauteng, he explained that the country’s water infrastructure was overloaded, owing to the influx of people migrating to urban areas.

“There is a major increase in the volume of waste going into wastewater treatment plants and the current infrastructure [in large metros] can’t cope with it,” Viljoen said.

He highlighted that urbanisation was a massive socioeconomic challenge that needed to be tackled, stressing that it was imperative to stimulate the economy in smaller towns so that fewer people feel the need to seek better opportunities in the large metros.

Viljoen said the amount of wastewater and raw sewage flowing into South Africa’s water resources, was a major challenge. Deteriorating municipal water treatment infrastructure was another concern.

“There is also lack of finance from local government to address this problem. Financial resources available are insufficient and do not recognise the investment required to counteract economic harm.”

A failure by municipalities to collect the required revenue negatively impact on their ability to maintain municipal water treatment infrastrucute.

A lack of alignment and coordination within and between government departments also negatively impacts on the country’s water resources.

“Water quality management is often hampered by poor coordination and conflicting approaches,” stated Viljoen.

 

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R7bn in water is lost each year in SA

Many dams are at satisfactory levels, although North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga still face challenges.

South Africa, a water-scarce country, racks up R7 billion in water losses annually, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Mokonyane was addressing the Western Cape Water Indaba, held in Goudini Spa in Rawsonville yesterday.  She said the study was done by the University of Stellenbosch and commissioned by the Water Research Commission in 2012.

“It is, therefore, of vital importance for government and communities to improve our ability to maintain the existing infrastructure to prevent and repair the current leaks in order to reduce the loss,” said Mokonyane during the indaba.

At the indaba, delegates will provide inputs on the drought and advise on how to create a sustainable water future for the country.

The country’s dams are currently at 77.2% of capacity, which is better than last year’s 54%. Last year, Cabinet declared eight provinces disaster areas, the only exception being Gauteng.

Many dams are at satisfactory levels, although North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga still face challenges.

The minister said the Western Cape, hard-hit by, was experiencing serious water problems. The province has winter rain and dry summers.

A team comprising officials from the department of water and sanitation and the national disaster management committee were working with the province to ensure that short- to medium-term solutions were fast-tracked to guarantee the water security of the province.

 

Eco-H2o is a water conservation company that would be able to assist you with rainwater harvesting systems, greywater reuse systems, back-up water supply systems, pool back-wash recycling systems and toilet flushing systems.   When you have our systems installed in your home not only could you reduce your water bill by up to 90%, you will also never be without water.  We are also suppliers of JoJo water tanks.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting.

 

We are faced with a water crisis due to the scarcity of usable water resources. In world terms, only three percent of all water on Earth is freshwater and most of this is frozen in the ice caps. In South Africa, there are no more rivers that could be dammed to store fresh water. Our existing dams are being polluted and the threat of Acid Mine Drainage will only compound the problem in Gauteng. Continue reading

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