E coli in Grabouw water

Grabouw – High levels of pollution, including E. coli, have been found in the water in Grabouw in the Western Cape, a water management organisation said on Friday.

“This poses a serious threat to the fruit industry in the region, one of the pillars of the Western Cape economy,” said Fabion Smith, an official from the Breede Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BG-CMA).

The agency released a report detailing the findings of tests conducted on four key water sources in the area, including […]

By | 2017-01-06T07:55:48+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Water Quality In South Africa|0 Comments

There’s worms in the Umgeni Water

Drinking water that isn’t clean is alive with all kinds of hidden life forms invisible to the naked eye; fascinating to scientists, repugnant to those with no option but to drink it.

Bongani Bingwa (Carte Blanche presenter): “It’s almost election season, and the water wars are brewing. Throughout this week, we’ve asked you to share some of your challenges with service delivery – particularly when it comes to water. We’ve been flooded with responses, so we’re gonna go on a road […]

Residents have been worried about the water quality for some time

Residents have been worried about the water quality for some time.
The SRPA tested water resources around the town to see what is in the water and if it is safe for human consumption as the municipality has claimed numerous times. The test was conducted through an independent water testing laboratory, QMS Agri Science in Letsitele.
The first tests of eight different water sources, were done on February 8, with shocking results.
The SRPA sent two of the samples in again to be […]

By | 2017-01-06T07:55:48+00:00 January 4th, 2013|Water Quality In South Africa|0 Comments

High concentrations of lead were found in irrigated lands

Mahikeng – A researcher from North West University has found that the internal organs of cattle kept in the area around the Wonderfontein Spruit have been contaminated with uranium and cobalt, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

In research conducted for his Masters thesis in environmental science, David Hamman analysed the animals’ kidneys and found that uranium levels were 4 350 times higher than those in a control group.

In his study, titled “A Holistic View on the Impact of Gold and Uranium […]

By | 2017-01-06T07:55:48+00:00 December 28th, 2012|Water Quality In South Africa|0 Comments

670 Billion Rand to strengthen the water sector adequately

670 Billion Rand to strengthen the water sector adequately

One realization of 2012 is that South Africa’s water supply needs a general overhaul. A Limpopo hospital hit the headlines because it was cut off from the supply system, because necessary machinery was stolen and not working. Such incidents might happen more regularly if investments stay away. According to Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, investment in the country’s water resources needs to double in the next 10 years if the […]

By | 2016-01-29T11:20:32+00:00 December 28th, 2012|Water Quality In South Africa|0 Comments

Water crisis time bomb ticking

 

Cape Town – Trade union federation Fedusa on Wednesday warned South Africa was sitting on a water crisis “time bomb”.

Citing “inadequate management and monitoring” by water service authorities, Fedusa said it had filed notice with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of possible protest action.

“Fedusa… decided that the best way to make South Africans as well as its government aware of the true state of water was by filing a section 77 in respect of possible protest action,” […]

By | 2016-01-29T11:23:49+00:00 December 23rd, 2012|Water Quality In South Africa|0 Comments