Water Snippets

Namibia installs clean-powered desalination system

Namibia has inaugurated its first ever fully solar-powered seawater desalination system, moving closer to achieve[sic] its efforts in becoming self-sustaining. 

The Namibian government has commissioned the University of Namibia and the University of Turku in Finland in a joint initiative to implement the desalination system, MyProperty reported.

ESI Africa, 21 May 2019

Lesotho: World Bank financing to provide improved water supply

Up to 115 000 Basotho and businesses in the Lesotho Lowlands will have access to improved water as a result of US$78 million financing from the International Development Association for the country’s water supply scheme.

This funding, for the Lesotho Lowlands Water Development Project - Phase II, will build on the work done under Phase I, which included the completion of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme, that provides water supply services to the domestic and industrial water requirements for the capital, Maseru and surrounding settlements. The project will also assist in improving the technical and financial performance of Lesotho’s Water and Sewage Company for better sanitation infrastructure and services.

ESI Africa, 22 May 2019

Uganda to install a comprehensive fleet management solution

A South African global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions has secured a tender to supply a water service provider in Uganda with a comprehensive fleet management solution.

The water service provider operates an extensive fleet to fulfil its mandate of providing water for use in agriculture, rural industries, and tourism among others. It also coordinates the national development of water resources and provides effective planning and management for the water and sanitation sectors.

ESI Africa, 23 May 2019

Proposed solutions to curb South Africa’s water crisis

South Africa’s water treatment sector has the collective knowledge, technology and capacity to solve the country’s water and wastewater treatment crisis in as little as three years, according to stakeholders set to participate in the IFAT water treatment and recycling trade fair.

South Africa’s dams, rivers, wastewater systems and water distribution systems are in a dire state, but the solutions to these challenges are readily available within the country.

ESI Africa, 24 May 2019

Gauteng metros hit by water restrictions due to declining reservoir levels

Rand Water on Friday morning started the process of reducing flow to the three metros, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni as a result of declining levels in Gauteng reservoirs.

In a statement, Rand Water said these reductions were as a consequence of higher than normal demand resulting in average storage capacity dropping below 60%.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale said some reservoirs such as Brakfontein, Klipfontein and Hartebeeshoek were currently below safe operating levels.

Engineering News, 24 May 2019

Makhanda considering paying for 11 out of 15 boreholes drilled by Gift of the Givers

Government has agreed to compensate humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers for its drought intervention work done in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown. 

A meeting was held in Makhanda on Thursday following a ZAR10 million dispute between the Makana Municipality and the humanitarian organisation. The municipality had initially said it would pay the sum of money to private contractors in the town, despite critical drought intervention work being carried out by Gift of the Givers.

Engineering News, 24 May 2019

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