Eco-Friendly Alternatives: Quantifying the Water Footprint of Paper

We all remember the panic during the coronavirus pandemic, when people started to stockpile disposable surgical masks, toilet paper, tissues, sanitary wipes and other paper-based hygiene products and the demand skyrocketed.  In 2020 South Africa consumed 1 992 424 metric tonnes per annum or an approximate average of 35kgs per capita consumption per person. The […]

WISA 2022 Biennial Conference & Exhibition 

SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE  The WISA Biennial Conference & Exhibition is the flagship event of the Southern Africa Water sector where regional and international water professionals get together to share their expertise, knowledge and find probable solutions to over ongoing water challenges.  MEB and FLUENCE are both global companies with 12 years experience in South Africa. A […]

Is Drought Simply the Absence or Shortage Of Rainfall?

Defining a drought is not that easy and it often depends on who you ask, the South African Weather Service explains on its website. Most would consider a drought as a period of unusually dry weather that persists long enough to cause issues such as crop loss and water supply interruptions. But because dry conditions […]

WEBINAR – MABR TECHNOLOGY

As communities face water supply challenges amidst continued population growth, urbanization, prolonged and severe droughts and climate change, water reuse is attracting increasing attention. MEB will be hosting a webinar, solution driven conversations are vital for the future of our country and moving towards a more sustainable way of living.

Microplastics in Water: Threats and Solutions

The problem with plastic, is that it does not decompose, it disintegrates and disseminates. South Africa’s plastics and packaging sector is one of the biggest contributors to the African market. The South African plastics market has been valued at approximately US$3 billion. South Africa accounts for about 0.7% of the world market and per capita consumption of plastic.

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.

Urban wastewater dynamics and population density

Wastewater from households and industry creates significant pressure on aquatic life due to the high loads of organic matter and nutrients it contains. If released into waterways, ammonia and natural processes break down organic matter in the water, but can use up the oxygen, creating an uninhabitable and poisonous environment for fish and invertebrates.