Monthly Archives: May 2010

Deepwater Horison Oil Spill

Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana’s marshes. According … Continue reading

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Groundwater Pollution

Groundwater pollution is a very serious problem. Unlike a lot of the pollution on the surface waters, like trash floating in the bay, groundwater pollution is harder to recognize until after illness has occurred. Groundwater, which is the  water that … Continue reading

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Desalination plant in Bay

SWARTKOPS has been selected as the site for a R750-million water desalination plant which forms part of Nelson Mandela Bay’s emergency drought measures. Water and sanitation director Barry Martin told a briefing yesterday Swartkops had been selected because of its … Continue reading

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Wind Turbine for Port Elizabeth

THE Windy City is going to be living up to its reputation.  Two wind farms that will generate a combined 70MW of power are planned for Port Elizabeth – one in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and the other … Continue reading

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Dangers of Water

What is the Single Most Dangerous Use of Water? The most dangerous ‘use’ is the agricultural, industrial and municipal pollution that threatens human health. Pollution is very insidious because it  often happens out of sight and out of mind. The water … Continue reading

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Bitou council hopes ease Plett’s water problems

  Themba Boyi |   The Bitou Municipality has put out a tender for the construction of a desalination plant.The Water Affairs Department and the municipality have signed an agreement for the release of R20,000,000 to construct the plant in … Continue reading

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Gauteng aims to promote green entrepreneurship

 JP du Plessis | Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday said the provincial government approved the launch of the Gauteng Employment, Growth and Development Strategy (GEGDS) The plan focuses on five so-called pillars, ranging from economic transformation and improved efficiency to … Continue reading

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Proposed water tariff hike on cards

     The Amathola Water Board is proposing an 8.8 percent water tariff increase to its main recipients, which means that consumers in Buffalo City and areas under the Amathole District Municipality can expect further increases in tariffs, reports Msindisi Fengu. … Continue reading

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“Water-shedding” in the pipeline for Grahamstown

Due to the consistently low levels of dams in the Grahamstown area, the Makana Municipality is considering limiting water supplies in some parts of town. Addressing a media conference on Thursday, Makana Municipal Manager Ntombi Baart said this “water-shedding” process … Continue reading

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Water Stress – New Global Headache

   A third of the world’s people might have access to only half the water they need in the next decades if nothing is done on a sustainable basis right now. And South Africa is particularly vulnerable.The high amount of … Continue reading

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