South Africa

Namibia plans to tap sea water to keep uranium mines running – Namibia

Namibia is pressing ahead with the construction of a new desalination plant in the central coastal Erongo region to meet demand for water from uranium mines and other users.

A feasibility study for the plant, which will produce 70,000 cubic meters (2.5 million cubic feet) of water a day, has been finalized and a site has been acquired, Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Minister Calle Schlettwein said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

Arrangements are now being made to extract sea water and secure the required power, while the government is talking to private investors about partnering it in developing the plant, he said.

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Desalination is solution to Durban’s ’abysmal’ water infrastructure – South Africa

He was speaking ahead of World Water Day, which takes place on Tuesday.

“I cannot see the future without desalination on a huge scale,” said Turton.

“All the coastal cities, from Richards Bay to Cape Town, are fundamentally water constrained and will not be able to get their water from their rivers. It is sucked up by inland water users.”

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Cape Town’s V&A to Get New Desalination Plant for Water Needs – Cape Town

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is set to get a new desalination plant to ensure a fresh water supply at the tourism hotspot during any future crisis affecting South Africa’s second-largest city.

Growthpoint Properties Ltd., the country’s biggest listed real estate firm, received approval for the 3.3 megalitre facility and construction will begin in the first quarter of next year, according to a statement on Thursday.

The project should be complete by 2024, the Johannesburg-based company said.

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How Cape Town avoided a devastating water crisis at the last minute – Cape Town

After three consecutive years with a dry winter, Cape Town faced a water crisis that was so severe, its municipal authorities began bracing for Day Zero – the day they would have to shut down the city’s water supply, and residents would be forced to line up for daily water rations of 50 litres per person.

That level of conservation is foreign to most people in urban regions.

For instance, an average person in the US goes through 303 to 378 litres of water in a day, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Clean water milestone for Port Alfred desalination plant – South Africa

Port Alfred’s answer to the ongoing water crisis reached an important milestone when 100-million litres of clean, potable water passed through the desalination facility.

The Ndlambe Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Plant was commissioned on June 23, and processes two megalitres of seawater daily, supplying residents with pristine drinking water.

Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) director  Musawenkosi Ndlovu was thrilled that the project reached this milestone.

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Rouxville drinking water plant to be restarted before the end of 2021- South Africa

In South Africa, the government says that the Rouxville drinking water plant in the Free State province will be back in service before the end of 2021.

The plant is being rehabilitated by Lohan Construction Industry.

The Rouxville drinking water plant in South Africa’s Free State province will reopen before the end of 2021. This was noted by the South African authorities after an inspection visit to the project site.

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Cape Town defends water and electricity tariffs –  Cape Town

The City of Cape Town says it uses all income from tariffs for the provision of services.

It said it rejects any misinformation being spread about the city’s tariffs and rates, despite numerous efforts to correct the misinformation.

“(The city) does everything in its power to keep tariffs as affordable as possible to cover the cost of providing the services while making sure the income is sufficient to ensure the municipality can continue providing services sustainably.

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Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply – South Africa

As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security.

The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, says ABB Energy Industries South Africa ABB power and water manager Joyce Moganedi.

“South Africa is a water scarce country. Our situation is becoming more desperate because of climate change, water pollution and overwhelmed water infrastructure.

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Construction starts at SA’s biggest renewable energy project – South Africa

This was announced by ACWA Power, a Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants in 13 countries and the lead shareholder in the Redstone CSP.

ACWA Power made the announcement of commencement of the construction on the 100MW Redstone project following achievement of financial close.

According to the company, at R11.6 billion total investment, the Redstone project is the largest renewable energy investment in SA to date.

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Drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay opts for desalination – South Africa

The decision was eagerly awaited in Nelson Mandela Bay. The municipal council of this town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has approved the construction of a plant to transform sea water into drinking water.

The municipality’s choice comes in the context of a drought that is particularly affecting this part of South Africa.

This phenomenon, which is linked to climate change, is at the root of the water stress that the rainbow nation has been experiencing for several years.

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