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Metolong Dam resettlement and compensation plan signed

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 08 January 2011

The Metolong Authority has signed a US$1,27 million (about R8.55 million) contract with Canadian and South African consulting companies to develop a plan that would resettle and compensate those affected by the construction of the Metolong Dam.

Advance Infrastructure of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme. Photo: © John Hogg / World Bank under Creative Commons Licence

The Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme (MDWSP) will supply potable water for domestic and industrial use to Maseru and the rural towns of Roma, Mazenod, Morija and Teyateyaneng.

The Metolong Authority Public Relations Manager, Matšeliso Makoele, told Public Eye on Wednesday this week rePlan Inc. (Canada) in association with SRK Consulting Engineers and Scientists (South Africa) were expected to complete the work by March 2014.

Makoele said the consultants would develop the action plan which would include an evaluation and monitoring programme and a baseline socio-economic survey in consultation with local stakeholders such as the directly-affected communities, local chiefs, relevant community councils and other interested parties. Continue reading Metolong Dam resettlement and compensation plan signed

Seven New Year water saving resolutions for 2011

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 31 December 2010

South Africa is already on the list of the 30 driest countries in the world, and 2010 has not been a good year for water in South Africa, with drought posing serious challenges in […]

Green Technologies for a Sustainable Water Industry

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 09 November 2010

Water supply, resource management and sustainability in the water industry are among the top issues to be covered during the Vietnam Water Industry Conference.

Ho Chi Minh City will host the 'Green Technologies […]

Municipality to supply water to 27000 people

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

In an attempt to combat its water problems, Amathole District Municipality (ADM) yesterday launched a project worth R110 million to supply water to villages where dams have run dry.

The district was declared a […]

Fracking may ignite Karoo water conflict

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

A battle is brewing between local people and major energy companies looking to exploit possible sources of shale gas in the Karoo.

Shale gas is natural gas stored in rocks that are rich in organic material such as dark colored shale

And at the heart of the conflict will be the one thing that is really scarce in the Karoo – water.

Five companies have recently been given the go-ahead to search for shale gas – trapped deep in the shale rock making up the Karoo landscape. Among them is Sasol, which has partnered with Statoil and American energy company Chesapeake, Shell, Anglo American, Falcon Gas and Oil and Bundu Gas and Oil, which is owned by an Australian holding company.

Bundu and Sasol executives have both said that if enough gas were found in the area, it would be “game-changing” for the industry.

And while most of these permits are technical co-operation permits (TCPs) and only allow for desktop studies, locals are worried about a controversial process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, in which vast amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, are pumped into the ground to fracture the rock and release the gas.

The process would require millions of litres of water (up to 20 million litres for each production test well drilled) from the already sparse Karoo. And communities in the US where the procedure is becoming increasingly common, have cried foul after water became contaminated, apparently as a result of fracking. The US government has ordered an investigation into hydraulic fracturing. Continue reading Fracking may ignite Karoo water conflict