SA is a water scarce country and subject to both droughts and periodic floods. Over the last few months, various municipalities in South Africa have run out of water. Investments into water resource infrastructure are becoming increasingly important for the country.
“South Africa’s poor performance is mostly because of the environmental devastation caused by the overexploitation of our limited water supply,” says Harold Smook, founder of Urban Roots – Sustainable Communities Initiative and registered Professional Engineering Technologist.
As part of the lead up to and celebrations around National Water Week the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has expressed serious concerns about the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality’s proposed construction of an electrical waste water treatment plant in Groot Marico.
In celebrating World Water Day, a set of limited edition stamps have been issued to highlight and create awareness for the world’s most precious resource: water.
“A day like today is very important if you take into account the fact that 1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. In South Africa, 1 out of every 5 children die because of a water-related illness.”
Green Office Week (GOW) reminds us that sustainability issues are top-of-the-agenda and whether your organisation is large or small, ‘green’ behaviours have to form a part of everyone’s work habits.
The UN General Assembly has dedicated 2013 as the Year of Water Cooperation. This year's South African National Water Week 18-24 March coincides with World Water Day on March 22.
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is appealing to all residents to please adhere to the specified times for watering gardens, lawns and plants in order to prevent water wastage.
This year the theme of the day is ‘Wetlands take care of water’ and the aim of the day is to draw attention to wetland habitats and the vital role they play in the environment and the human economy.
Research from the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart in Germany supports the theory that water has a memory - a claim that could change our whole way of looking at the world.
On average you should be drinking at least two litres of water per day, enabling your body to flush out all the waste products. But let’s be honest: who wants to drink two litres of bad tasting tap water each and every day?
All around the world people are showing their awareness of the wellbeing of the Earth. There are millions of talks, media reports and tons of information available on the internet regarding this subject.
Many communities across Africa are directly dependent on wetlands for their survival, while wetlands provide indirect, but crucial services to many others. Yet despite this, these critical ecosystems are deteriorating and their capacity to provide goods and services is increasingly diminished as a result of human activities.
A team of environmentalists under the leadership of Dr Carin van Ginkel of Cripsis Environment has developed a field guide for identifying our wetland plants. The study, titled ‘Easy identification of some South African wetland plants,’ offers a plethora of plants that people can find in the country.
Over the past 22 years, the Mondi Wetlands Programme (MWP) has moved wetland conservation from being a side issue to centre stage. This has irreversibly changed the way government, communities, public, as well as the forestry and sugar industries understand and manage their wetlands.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly named 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. This was done to highlight the need for water awareness and conservation.
Having gained a unique perspective of the local water environment through serving as chief director of the Department of Water Affairs, Dr Harrison Pienaar joined the CSIR last year as competence area manager of the Ecosystems Services research group.
Durban and Cape Town residents will have to start looking seriously at drinking recycled water from the local sewage works within the next few years. Water supplies are running out and there is not enough time to build big new dams.
Our environment is becoming more and more under threat every day, and there seems to be no end to this trend or reversal thereof in sight.
Nedbank’s R9 million investment in WWF South Africa’s Water Balance programme – which was announced at the end of August 2011 – has resulted in some impressive achievements.
As scientists and physicians continue outlining the disastrous health impacts of fracking, New Yorkers Against Fracking recently began a new effort to outline the negative economic impacts of fracking.