South Africa

SA’s first solar powered desalination plant ready – Saudi Arabia

It’s the very first plant in SA and extendable in Africa which is going to produce drinkable water from sea water with solar energy only.

South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents of Witsand near Riversdale in the Southern Cape.

The project is a collaboration between the Western Cape and French governments.

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Former Australian minister to discuss SA water crisis – Cape Town – South Africa

Water Shortage South Africa along with global water expert Professor Anthony Turton and former minister of Victoria Professor John Thwaite are to have a discussion centred around the Cape Town water crisis.

Water Shortage South Africa CEO, Benoit Le Roy in a statement on Monday said Turton warns of the real estate bubble that could well burst in Cape Town as a result of poor leadership, both locally, and nationally during the water crisis.

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Desalination is too costly, says Umgeni Water – Durban – South Africa

The idea of using desalination as an alternative to augment Umgeni Water’s water resources will be written off unless industries can be convinced to buy-in and support the concept.

Desalination had been punted as the panacea for the country’s water problems during the recent drought.

In Durban, feasibility studies were conducted and two potential sites identified for pilot projects.

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Cape water consumption threatens storage levels – Cape Town – South Africa

The days of watering your garden with municipal water in the Western Cape may never come back despite Cape town’s six main dams sitting at 76 percent capacity. 

WWF South Africa says consumption in Cape Town has increased since water restrictions were eased, and if residents are not careful, drought conditions in the province will continue to get worse.

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Is Ethiopia taking control of the River Nile? – Ethiopia

Look at Egypt on Google Earth and you will see a green line snaking through a sand-colored landscape, fanning out into a triangle in the north.

This emerald ribbon is the vegetation that grows on either side of the Nile River and around its delta. It is Egypt’s only fertile land — and testament to the country’s reliance on this fabled waterway.

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All 3 of CT’s desalination plants finally up and running – Cape Town – South Africa

After months of delays, all three of Cape Town’s desalination plants are up and running. The City of Cape Town says its various water projects are now all on track.

The city is still in the midst of a drought. There’ve been many delays at the Monwabisi desalination because of a dispute between the city and the local community.

Residents were demanding that more of them be employed at the facility. It was the last plant to be brought online.

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S.Africa’s first solar-powered desal plant could produce affordable water

This will be an addition to at least four desalination plants operating in the Western Cape.

According to the Business-live, the French government in collaboration with the Western Cape provincial government have committed to invest R9 million for the project, on a 50-50 basis.

French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot attended the launch of the project on Monday together with Western Cape finance MEC Ivan Meyer.

 

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Dubai begins testing turbines at 700MW M-Station in Jebel Ali.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has started testing the turbines at the M-Station expansion project in Jebel Ali, which is the newest and largest electricity generation and water desalination plant in the UAE.

Testing includes an initial operation of turbines and power generators and connecting them to the grid, said a statement from the Dubai utility.

These tests are essential to ensure the quality and reliability of the units while connected to the grid. Tests are scheduled to continue until the completion of the Dh1.47-billion ($400 million) expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018, it stated.

 

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St Helena Bay gets two desalination plants.

Two desalination plants have been launched in St Helena Bay.

More than R30 million has been invested in the plants. The project was launched by the Oceana Group in collaboration with local and provincial government.

Environmental & Social Director at Lucky Star Operations, Titania Stephanus-Zinche: “Saldhana Bay Municipality as well as the Bergrivier Municipality made the desalination plant part of their water crisis emergency intervention plan and we had support from the provincial government and the Department of Envirnmental Affairs, Development and Planning, they assisted to ensure this was done evironmentally responsibly.”

 

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Cape Town has a new apartheid.

Ashley Dawson is a climate activist and professor at the City University of New York. His latest book is “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change.”

A person can survive only about three to five days without access to water. What about a city? This is not a hypothetical question: The thirsty city threatens to be the most dire social crisis of the 21st century.

 

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