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Karoo direct water reclamation plant a first for South Africa

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 02 January 2011

Residents of the drought-stricken Karoo town of Beaufort West will start using recycled sewage water when the town’s direct water reclamation plant starts operating next week.

Gamka Dam - the main reservoir at Beaufort West - has dried up

The first plant of its type in South Africa, it has some local residents turning up their noses, but the plant became necessary to ease the plight of the town’s roughly 8 000 households hit by the water shortage.

Municipal officials say the demand for water has grown and the drought has been exacerbated by climate change.

The town’s main reservoir, the Gamka Dam, has dried up, forcing municipal officials to introduce a water management scheme.

The municipality was forced to cut supplies to households, while tankers supplied them with five litres of drinking water a day. Water tankers containing borehole water are available around the town for washing water.

A Stellenbosch-based company, Water & Wastewater Engineering, was commissioned to design, build and operate the plant to treat effluent from the town’s sewage treatment works.

Managing director Pierre Marais said water reclamation entailed taking treated effluent and purifying it to a drinkable standard.

The purified water will be pumped directly into the town’s reservoir. Continue reading Karoo direct water reclamation plant a first for South Africa

Water sharing scheme for Beaufort West

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 25 November 2010

The drought in the Central Karoo has become so severe that the Beaufort West municipality has introduced a water sharing scheme.

Beaufort West has introduced a water sharing scheme

The town has been divided into 12 areas, in which people will be unable to bath, shower or do laundry for 36 hours at a time.

“Residents in Hospitaalheuwel, Newton and Hooyvlakte were warned on Monday that the water pressure will be low (on Monday) and that they have to make provision by filling up buckets and water containers in advance,” said Hein Rust, head of disaster management in the Central Karoo district municipality.

“As the water table of the boreholes, which provide the town’s water, is so low, we have to lower the water pressure of the residential areas as a temporary emergency measure to decrease water use.

“This means that residents in the areas will not have normal water pressure in their taps from Tuesday 10:00 to Wednesday 20:00. There will be a thin stream for essential use. Continue reading Water sharing scheme for Beaufort West

Water Affairs to restrict usage by 40%

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 16 March 2010

The Western Cape Water Affairs Department has approved legislation that restricts annual water usage in drought stricken municipalities from Hessequa to Bitou by 40% with immediate effect.

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“The legislation is gazetted and […]