Cape Town invests ‘to give dignity’ (2)

By Martin Czernowalow

The City of Cape Town’s 2016/17 budget will see more than half a billion rand being spent directly on water and sanitation in informal settlements.

 

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Fixing leaks can result in water savings of up to 40%

It is common practice to pass by a leaking tap or a spilling sewer in most South African townships and these problems often go unattended for days. In some cases where residents do take the responsibility of reporting these leaks to the municipal officials operating in the area, they are often ignored if the leak is not within a specified job card.

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Drought compounds Mekong water crisis

By: John Boudreau, Diep Ngoc Pham, and Mai Ngoc Chau

The nine acres in southern Vietnam that double as rice paddy and shrimp pond for farmer Nguyen Thi Tam have become a wasteland. After the worst drought in 90 years, almost nothing grows.

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Drought beyond India: Malaysia faces a massive water crisis as South East Asia swelters

Much of central and eastern India is facing yet another week of brutally hot weather. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued the highest heat alert for parts of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand in the coming days and a heat-wave warning for Telangana and the eastern districts of Maharshtra. But just as Marathawada has been reeling from unusually hot and dry weather, so has Malaysia.

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Plumbing lessons from the US’s Rust Belt

By Mike Muller

In the spirit of my favourite management maxim – learn from our successes and other people’s mistakes – and ahead of the World Plumbing Conference (WPC 2016), the US has a cautionary tale for everybody in the water business.

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Drought-stricken California looks to Australia for tips on recycling water

As hopes that a much-hyped ‘Godzilla’ El Niño event will banish California’s record drought fade, the state is starting to look for clues from overseas on how to conserve each increasingly precious drop that does fall on its parched land.

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