Bids to clean up SA’s filthy rivers exposes tip of the iceberg

Water pollution holds a serious global threat to our fresh water, rivers and oceans.

Water pollution holds a serious global threat to our fresh water, rivers and oceans. In South Africa, the failure of a large proportion of our wastewater treatment plants has placed our rivers and waterways at great risk, where close to four billion litres of untreated or partially treated sewage enters into the country’s dams and rivers every day.

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How can IAPMO help to develop new sources of potable water?

By Shantell Robinson

The following essay won third place in IAPMO’s annual Scholarship Essay Competition.

First introduced in 2009 and open to all high school, university, and trade school students, the competition has elicited entries from all over the world. A student at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma wrote this essay.

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Stemming the leaks

By Andrew “Andy” Camphausen

The project kicked off with us meeting with the company’s corporate social responsibility manager and SHE representative, where we decided to concentrate on six schools put forward by the Mpumalanga Department of Education as a pilot project.

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Raising a stink about rural school toilets

By Fiona Ingham.

Michael Komape drowned in excrement in a pit latrine in his school in Limpopo in 2014, just days after he started school.

The six-year-old boy’s death highlighted the filthy state of many rural school toilets and the need for decent infrastructure. The reasons for the shocking state of rural toilets and infrastructure are complex, with the finger usually being pointed at service delivery, but this is only part of the problem. School sanitation plays a central, but overlooked, role in learning, according to Bobbie Louton, lead researcher of a report by Partners in Development. “Schools exist to meet the needs of children. They have no other reason to exist.”

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