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Cape Town water and sanitation tariff 2011 to 2012

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 29 March 2011

Irrigating with grey water

As with previous years, the domestic single residential sanitation tariff remains linked to the water tariff at a rate of 70% of water consumption (70% of 50kl = 35kl). […]

Recycled wastewater can benefit farmers and environment

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 September 2010

Wastewater used for irrigation - Dakar, Senegal

Recycling urban wastewater and using it to grow food crops can help mitigate water scarcity problems and reduce water pollution, but the practice is not being as widely implemented as it should, according to a new FAO report.

Use of reclaimed wastewater in agriculture has been reported in around 50 countries on what amounts to 10 percent of the world’s irrigated land, according to “The Wealth of Waste: The Economics of Wastewater Use in Agriculture,” published today at the start of World Water Week (Stockholm, 5-11 September).

While on a global scale only a small proportion of treated wastewater is used for agriculture, the practice is winning increased attention worldwide and in a few countries — Spain and Mexico, for example — a high proportion of reclaimed water is used in irrigation.

“The case studies in this report show that safely harnessing wastewater for food production can offer a way to mitigate competition between cities and agriculture for water in regions of growing water scarcity,” said Pasquale Steduto, Deputy Director of FAO’s Land and Water Division. “In the right settings, it can also help to deal with urban wastewater effluent and downstream pollution.”

Farmers would also be able to avoid some of the costs of pumping groundwater, while the presence of nutrients in the wastewater would reduce their fertilizer expenses.

“Properly treated and safely recycled water can potentially offer a ‘triple dividend’ to urban users, farmers and the environment,” said Steduto. Continue reading Recycled wastewater can benefit farmers and environment

Cape Town water and sanitation tariff 2010 to 2011

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 02 June 2010

Irrigation water is billed again as sanitation at 70% of water consumption

[click here to see tariff for 2011 – 2012]

The City of Cape Town water and sanitation tariff was approved […]

Mekong River may not survive

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 05 April 2010

Southeast Asian nations on the Mekong River pledged Monday to step up cooperation over the shrinking waterway amid fears China’s dams are exacerbating a severe regional drought.

Mekong River

Leaders of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam — the member-states of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) — convened in the Thai coastal town of Hua Hin to discuss management of the river, on which more than 60 million people rely.

“Without good and careful management of the Mekong river as well as its natural resources, this great river will not survive,” Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said as he opened the summit, the first in the MRC’s history.

“The Mekong river is being threatened by serious problems arising from both the unsustainable use of water and the effects of climate change,” he warned.

China — itself suffering the worst drought in a century in its southwest, with more than 24 million people short of drinking water — attended the talks as a dialogue partner of the MRC, as did military-ruled Myanmar.

Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao led the Beijing delegation to the summit, which comes after river levels in northern Thailand and Laos hit five-decade lows, according to the commission.

The situation has alarmed communities along the Mekong, which is the world’s largest inland fishery and vital for the region’s transport, drinking water and irrigation. Continue reading Mekong River may not survive

Reduce water demand or face a shortfall

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 03 April 2010

The question of whether we are facing a water crisis similar to the energy crisis has driven Umfula Wempilo Consulting’s Chris Harold to become concerned about water supply and demand.

Illegal water abstraction in […]