Human Rights: Water Poverty in South Africa’s Provinces
Many South African provinces have been suffering with water issues. Administration is suspected to have used the water shortages in the various locations for nefarious ends. Claims of deliberate sabotage continue to plague the public. Too many South Africans experience growing up without clean, safe drinking water.
“Water is colorless and tasteless, but you can live on it longer than on eating food.”￼￼
Water is a global fundamental human right. Although utilities in Africa generally underperform, there are relatively well-performing utilities operating in the continent. The top performing utilities in Africa do relatively well and are even able to achieve global benchmarks of operational and financial performance.
Key Considerations: Climate Impact Mitigation for Domestic Water Resource Management
South African water utilities are one of the major consumers of electricity, with future power demand forecasted to increase and further worsen the current energy crisis; we inevitably face the reality of not living in a load shedding-free South Africa.
Water Footprint: Benefits of CO2 accounting
The “water-energy nexus” is a broad term that encourages organizations to understand and consider the relationship between energy and water systems; and their many interrelated tradeoffs. In a future that will almost certainly be characterized by more water shortages, a growing number of extreme weather events and greater efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – it will be increasingly important to consider the interdependencies of these resources.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Wastewater Reuse Projects Are On the Rise
Environmental experts and water service organizations have long stressed the significance of wastewater reuse in protecting the environment and decreasing the consumption of over-utilized freshwater resources.
Relationship between Sludge Content and Disposal Strategies
The beneficiation of sludge is encouraged through the South African Wastewater Sludge Guidelines to ensure sustainable sludge management. However, not all the sludge produced in South Africa is of such quality that it can be used beneficially, which leaves disposal as the only feasible option.
Containerized Mobile Water Treatment
Mobile or semi-permanent containerized water treatment plants are constructed in the container itself. The container is modified to perform the function of a control room and water tank. Our NIROBOX™ and MABR solutions are state-of-the-art, plug-and-play water and wastewater treatment plants housed in a standard shipping container. They are designed to supply high-quality drinking water or treat domestic wastewater.
Water Sensitive Airports for South Africa
Inaccurate estimates lead to inadequacies in basic design information for water-based services that could lead to decreased service provision and inequitable water distribution, that will affect airport operations. Habitual water stress leads to increased water restrictions or use fees at airports – meeting the water needs of essential facilities like airports requires upgrades in water infrastructure.
‘Forever Chemicals’: The Predator in Our Drinking Water
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also dubbed ‘Forever Chemicals’, are two manmade substances that have been linked to harmful health effects in humans and wildlife. Since the 1940s Forever Chemicals’ have been used in pesticides, industry, and construction.
MABR Technology: Persevering despite Energy Poverty
In times of load shedding, choosing the right wastewater solution can be a major factor in protecting the environment and communities. MABR technology is the most efficient wastewater treatment solution on the market and has proven to perform well, even under uncertain circumstances.