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Water Shortages

The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016. It is the largest of five major dams supplying drinking water to the city. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

The Department of Water and Sanitation insists the current water shortages at feeder dams are due to the drought and could not have been planned for or avoided.

Last Friday, the department issued a notice to big metros and municipalities to limit water use in urban areas by 15% and irrigation usage by 20%.

Water management professor at the University of the Free State Anthony Turton say municipalities are likely to implement new tariff by-laws or the reduction of water pressure in certain areas.

The department’s Sputnik Ratau says the restrictions are the best way to manage an unavoidable situation.

“I’m not sure what an engineer can do about the drought that is happening because it is a natural phenomenon even if you have the best qualifications.”

But Turton has accused government of folding their arms for too long and waited until the end of elections before dealing with the crisis.

“Political games are being played with a national resource that is of great importance to the creation of jobs and the restoration of our economy.”

It’s not clear how the restrictions will be implemented or when they will begin to affect customers but Eyewitness News  understands municipalities in Gauteng have been meeting to chart a way forward.

 

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.

 

August 18, 2016 at 10:47 am Comments (0)

Water restrictions are imminent of Gauteng big metros

save water save lifeThe Water Affairs Department has sent an order to Gauteng’s big metros and some municipalities to limit water supplies, due to a shortage in the Vaal River system.

The new restrictions will see urban supply reduced by 15 percent and irrigation water by 20 percent in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Mogale City.

The same limitations will apply in some parts of the Free State and Mpumalanga.

The department’s Sputnik Ratau says this years drought has severely impacted water levels in the country’s dams.

“The reality is the Vaal River system is in a bad place and it’s not anyone’s doing.”

Ratau warns water levels in some dams have been dropping by one percent every week.

It’s not yet clear exactly when the restrictions will start or how they will affect ordinary customers. It’s also difficult to say how long they will last because of the lack of rainfall in Southern Africa.

It’s understood Gauteng’s big metros and municipalities have been meeting to discuss how the limitations will be implemented.

 

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.

 

August 18, 2016 at 10:35 am Comments (0)

Water Crisis in SA

Raw sewageAlbeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton.

Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton, Gauteng, on Wednesday, Turton noted, however, that while South Africa had achieved major feats in Water engineering, technology, such as the engineering involved in cascading water from one basin to another, the reality is that it has reached constraints in terms of efficiently managing the water crisis. (more…)

July 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm Comments (0)

Johannesburg’s municipal tariff price increases

The City of Johannesburg’s municipal tariff price increases are set to come into effect today.

Johannesburg residents will see an increase in prices of electricity, water, refuse removal, sanitation and property rates.

Property rates in Johannesburg will increase by almost 6%, while electricity will increase by 6.9%, water and sewerage by 13.2%.

Waste removal services tariffs will increase by 6% and 7.25% for businesses.

The SABC reports that there will be rebates for different categories of properties with 100% rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly income is higher than R8 200 and child headed households with a property value not exceeding R2 million.

Tariff increases are also expected in other major cities such as Durban and Cape.

 

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.

 

July 4, 2016 at 3:02 pm Comments (0)

1 in 3 hospitals in developing world lacks running water

Clean running water is essential for hospital sanitation, but a new report finds a third of public health facilities in the developing world don’t have it.

“Running water is something we so take for granted and it doesn’t exist in a third of hospitals in these countries,” said study co-leader Dr. Adam Kushner, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore. (more…)

July 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm Comments (0)

Water Stability in South Africa.

South Africa is home approximately 54 Million people. We are fast running out water.  We are currently experiencing drought in many parts of the county and our dams are running dry quickly. As more and more people migrate into cities from rural areas the pressure for the city to meet the water demands is ever increasing. With the old infrastructure and poor service delivery from municipalities, homes can go days without water.

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Harvesting of rainwater is not a new concept. It is still used extensively in rural areas where there is no access to piped water. Rainwater is pure water that is “cleaned” naturally through the process of evaporation and condensation i.e.: the water cycle. Rainwater is “soft” water that contains no chemicals or minerals, unlike our municipal water where calcium, magnesium and chlorine are to be found. This water is collected from the roof and filtered at source to remove dirt and debris and keep the water in the tanks clean. This water can then safely be pressurised and sent into the home or business for general use.

Rainwater harvesting not only provides a sustainable alternative source of water, but has also been shown to reduce water consumption purely by raising awareness of users that install systems. People who harvest rainwater tend to alter their water usage habits and reduce their overall consumption, without significantly changing their lifestyles. It is a simple way to reduce water consumption with the real-time cost benefit in reduced water bills.

The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year.  Harvesting from a roof area of 200m² a family home could collect over 120’000ℓ of rainwater per annum.

Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking.  The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%).

If every South African home harvested Rainwater for use in the garden, pool or even the home, it would reduce the demand for water on municipalities, it would be good for the environment and it would offer you water security while saving you money.

 

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.

 

Grey water reuse.

Grey water is defined as water from baths, showers, hand basins and clothes washing machines or the laundry. Any water from any other source (toilet water and from kitchen and bidet’s) is considered black water and must be allowed to proceed to the sewer and treated by some sort of sewerage treatment works.

A bath uses 120 litres and a shower 80 litres of water. When used, that water is called grey water. You pay for it, and then it all goes down the drain.

Grey water is the solution to the problems relating to demand and supply management of water not only in South Africa, but worldwide.

Grey water is the biggest contributor to wastage of water and though knowledge of this very useful source is growing generally, this knowledge is still woeful. At best 33% of water consumed in the home is normally thrown away and at worst perhaps 50%. It is preposterous that any municipality allows this precious source of good water to be thrown away.

If we look at the figures above, showering/bathing and laundry combined total some 115’632lt per year. This grey water is then pumped to the garden keeping it watered all year round at no extra cost. We have already established that we use approximately 122’640lt per year on keeping our gardens watered so the water needed for the garden is reduced to 7’008lt per year.

This water is slowly filtered and replenishes our underground aquifers. Added to this, it would remove up to 90% of the volumes entering our sewage works. This would dramatically reduce the running costs of these works as by far the biggest cost is pumping of water.

 

June 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm Comments (0)

SA Water Crisis

Although 89.4% of households in South Africa have access to piped water, less than half of them enjoy water in the comfort of their own homes.

According to the General Household Survey 2015, released by Statistician General Pali Lehohla on Thursday, an estimated 45.8% of South Africans had (more…)

June 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm Comments (0)

Conflict over water and coal amid SA drought

Facing one of the worst droughts in memory, SA’s leaders have doubled down on their support of the water-intensive coal industry, explains Keith Schneider

Until a ferocious drought withered crops, turned rivers to trickles, and dried up municipal drinking water supplies, one of Limpopo province’s distinctions was the ample sun and good soil that made it South Africa’s premier producer of fruits and vegetables. (more…)

May 30, 2016 at 4:04 pm Comments (0)

How to SAVE water

The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year!

How is this usage broken down? Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking? The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%).  If we convert these percentages to volumes, the average home uses 122’640lt per year to water the garden, 101’616lt to flush your toilet, 70’080lt to keep ourselves clean and 45’552lt to keep our clothes clean! The other 10’512lt per year is used for drinking and cooking.

Eco-h2o Water Conservation looks to match water quality with application. Municipal water for drinking (for now anyway but this could change), rainwater for showering, toilet flushing and laundry and lastly, grey water for garden irrigation. A combination of all of our systems can save you up to 90% on your water bills!


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May 10, 2016 at 11:13 am Comments (0)

SA’s looming water crisis – the less we have, the dirtier it is

Photo: Residents push a wheelbarrow with water containers leaving a water distribution point in the rural farming town of Senekal, South Africa, 10 February 2016. EPA/SHIRAAZ MOHAMED

Our rivers are awash with sewage, and we are soon going to be running short of water. HEALTH-E’s Kerry Cullinan reports on a looming health crisis.

A swim in a lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast cost historian RW Johnson his leg in 2009. Flesh-eating bacteria entered a cut on his foot, causing necrotising fasciitis – a terrifying condition in which bacteria poison the connective fascia tissue at a rapid rate. The condition kills at least half of all those it infects. (more…)

May 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

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