Groundwater is not private property, and the use of groundwater requires a water use licence, or a general authorization. This is imperative for most environmental impact assessments, requiring even ongoing monitoring for the foreseeable future.

The GWD together with the IAH-SA called together a group of dynamic ladies to present on their experiences and findings around this very relevant topic that came up a number of times during social media discussions and via email queries received. This event was opened by Mr Fanus Fourie, GWD National Chairperson, moderated by Prof Matthys Dippenaar (UP, current IAH-SA President) and Mr Julian Conrad (current IAH-SA Secretary and immediate past president of the IAH-SA).

" Welcome to all attendees to this very relevant topic we would like to address today. With more than 28,000 registered water users that are using groundwater on the DWS database (WARMS database) we can see that groundwater use is very important and its importance is only rising. The race is really on for everybody to take their fair share but with this there is a lot of challenges and frustration - not only on the applicant’s side but also on the groundwater specialists and the regulator side and that is precisely what we want to address today."
F Fourie
, GWD National Chair

Presenters and Topics

To license or not to license groundwater: let us answer that question - Melissa Lintnaar-Strauss, DWS
What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine. Or is it? - Jodi Coetzee, GEOSS
How to authorise your water use: the process - Kate Cain, GCS Pty Ltd
The technical geohydrology report – and all that jazz - Preanna Naicker, GEOSS
Water use licensing: the in's and the out's - Elkerine Rossouw, BGCMA

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Preanna-Naicker_The-Technical-Geohydrology-Report-Webinar2020_final-post_opt (3.25MB)Download

QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION - FEEDBACK DOCUMENT (514 kb): A-WUL_Final-website-update05012021 _11Aug2020_0 Download

Any more queries? Please contact your relevant DWS Regional Office or CMA for clarification:

Thank you to all the Respondents to our QUESTIONNAIRE. This gave us great insight into the AUDIENCE PROFILE as well as the most relevant ISSUES & INFORMATION PROFILE. (Please note that these statistics are based on the Questionnaire responses only and do not reflect the overall status within the formal WULA process)

Herewith acknowledgment that through the efforts of Nicola Domoney and Megan Hugo from Indwe Environmental Consultants, we were able to pick up on a formula error on our attendee stats. Below the updated statistics noting adjustment of final attendee numbers from 183 to 225. Much appreciated!

During the event Q&A session, although with an extreme time constraint, Mr Julian Conrad was able to table some of the questions received to the panel. Herewith a brief summary of the responses. Please note that the live responses are just that, and will either be elucidated on or summerised with the formal feedback document.

Melissa pre-application meeting [TRANSCRIPTION]: Julian I just want to indicate the Department is fully up and running as far as license applications are concerned and officials are willing to go out do site visits if they have to. The officer working with you application will indicate and it also depends on the type of application you dealing with e.g. if it is a license application and its complicated, a pre-application meeting will definitely be asked for; for a simple application that we know exactly what is asked for and are sure about water uses you want to apply for, you will be guided by the officer working on you application.
We are receiving requests throughout the period and we are assessing applications.

Elkerine on Schedule 1 use [TRANSCRIPTION]: Schedule 1 is a small volume for household use, for a small garden. A small garden qualifies when it is not used for commercial use. If you have your own fruit trees in your backyard, it is still seen as a small garden. So what is a volumetric limit? From the BGCMA’s point of view we look at the lowest volume that can be allocated from within a General Authorisation (GA) and that is 2000 m3 per/annum and for anything more than that we request a General Authorization application as such.
In terms of of the multiple households from a single borehole on one property: Yes, it is still Schedule 1 but if you are going to use that water for drinking water then you must make sure that you are registered with your water services provider (WSP) which is normally your local municipality / district municipality (as a WSP and not an authority). There is bylaws that actually specifically talks to that, so if you are doing that, you should also speak to your municipality.   

Melissa on historical borehole use [TRANSCRIPTION]: This could fall under the ‘existing lawful use’ and in terms of the existing lawful use there is a process the Department is currently embarking on and it is called the Validation and Verification process where we actually have to check whether the water use is lawful. It has been going on across the country but you can contact your Regional Office or CMA to assist you with this specific issue if you are unsure.

Elkerine Rossouw on Timeframes [TRANSCRIPTION]: Yes, there is an alignment between the NEMA and the National Water Act and that is why the timeframe is for about 300 days. I can’t really speak to the presidents’ address about the three months except that if it is three months from the day that you started the application to having a complete license on your table and after all the studies had been done, it is possible. But with so many specialists required yes, an Integrated WULA might take longer than the 300 days that is why it’s always important to have a good discussion with your assessor beforehand, before embarking on a license especially for an integrated water use license application.

Thank you for attending this event!
Attendees that REGISTERED and noted their attendance during the event (via the CHAT window) AND selected the questionnaire option: "will request an attendance proof" - were issued with Attendance/ CPD Certificates.
Feel free to contact us should you not have received, via
Regards, GWD EXCO


The Borehole Water Journal, Article by the late GWD Honorary Member Mr Ernst Bertram


Guide to e-WULAAS

Amidst trying times, it is with great appreciation that we acknowledge our ongoing and new Membership's loyalty and continued support.
The current 2020 GWD Membership Roll is published below.
[Last updated: 05/01/2021]

Please note that commercially available Professional Members' contact details are listed in the Professional Database.

GWD Membership in support of groundwater initiatives.
With the advent of our online events more than 600 member attendees have been recorded.

MembershipNameSurnameTitleOrganisationGWD Branch
StudentPatrick CAdadziMrUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
HonoraryShafickAdamsDrWater Research CommissionGauteng Branch
StudentUlane NoelleAlbrechtMrsUniversity of PretoriaGauteng Branch
Branch Chair
AmyAllwrightDr UFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalPieterBadenhorstMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinarySimamkeleBaqaMrDigby Wells EnvironmentalGauteng Branch
ProfessionalOliverBarkerMrBanzi Geotechnics CCGauteng Branch
ProfessionalDale LeithBarrowMrGEOSS South Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryHansBeekmanDrIndependant ConsultantWestern Cape/ International
ProfessionalDylanBlakeMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalWilbè BlayMrAGES Omega (Pty)LtdEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalImmoBlecherMrIndependent ConsultantWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryHanreBlignautMrOverstrand MunicipalityWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryHellenBooysenMrsTricon Agric ServicesGauteng Branch
OrdinaryCarinBosmanMrsCarin Bosman Sustainable Solutions (CBSS)Gauteng Branch
HonoraryJopieBothaProfUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalLouisBothaMrGroundwater SquareGauteng Branch
ProfessionalHendrik JohannesBothaMrGCS (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
HonoraryEberhardBrauneProfUniversity of the Western CapeGauteng Branch
ProfessionalNeldaBreedtMeAquaticoGauteng Branch
OrdinaryAndreBurgerMrVula Amanzi Borehole Drilling(Pty) Ltd Eastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalMorneBurgerMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalKarenBurgersMeTerraqua Groundwater Consulting / AdvasianWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalWadzanaiChimhandaMsItasca Africa (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalVan der AheeCoetseeDrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
GWD Exco
JulianConradMrGEOSS South Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalMatthewDamhuisMrAlicanto Groundwater SolutionsGauteng Branch
Branch Chair
IngridDennisProfUniversity of the North-West, Potchefstroom CampusNorthern Branch
OrdinaryRainierDennisDrNorth-West University, Potchefstroom CampusNorthern Branch
GWD Exco
MatthysDippenaarProfUniversity of PretoriaGauteng Branch
ProfessionalJacquesDu PreezMrENGEOLAB CCKwaZulu-Natal Branch
HonoraryWillemDu ToitMrDepartment of Water and Sanitation (Retired)Gauteng Branch
ProfessionalGideon JohannesDu ToitDrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalJohan Du ToitMrJMA Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalShuaibDustayMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalDianaDutheMrsItasca Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryBrianDyasonMrDepartment of Water and SanitationWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryCasper ErasmusMrDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
ProfessionalCobusErasmusMrGEMECSGauteng Branch
ProfessionalSurinaEsterhuyseMrsUniversity of the Free StateCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
National Chairperson
FanusFourieMrDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRobelGebrekristosDrDigby Wells EnvironmentalGauteng Branch
ProfessionalHennoGerickeMrDepartment of Water and SanitationCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalAlistair DGilbertMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalCharlesGoodspeedMrGoodspeed Environmental ServicesKwaZulu-Natal Branch
OrdinaryLizetteGoosenMeSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
Professional EuniceGoossensMeSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdEastern Cape Branch
OrdinaryFerdiGoussardMrKumba Iron OreGauteng Branch
ProfessionalChristoGouwsMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalNishenGovenderMrPrivate ConultantGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRiaanGrobbelaarMrJMA Consulting (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
AssociateZolwaziGumedeMrIzwelihle Group (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalKeolebogileHalenyaneMeUgwa staff solutions (Pty) LtdGauteng 
ProfessionalErinHaricombeMrsSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalChrisHartnadyMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalCarelHauptMrWSM Leshika Consulting (Pty)LtdNorthern Branch
ProfessionalRowenaHayMrsUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryMatthewHillsMrNelson Mandela Bay MunicipalityEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalMartinHollandDrDelta-H Water Systems Modelling (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRui HugmanDrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalSheilaImrieMrsSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
Branch Chair
SumayaIsraelDrUniversity of the Western CapeWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalAndrewJohnstoneMrGCS (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalAntonJonesMrDepartment of Water and SanitationCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
StudentLincolnJordaanMrUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
OrdinaryNeboJovanovicDrCSIRWestern Cape Branch
StudentRefiloeKadiakaMeTshwane University of TechnologyGauteng Branch
AssociateNombuso PalesaKhetsiMeAnglo AmericanNorthern Branch
ProfessionalSagadevanKistenMrPrivate ConsultantKwaZulu-Natal Branch
Professional LakheKomaniMrDepartment of Water and SanitationWestern Cape Branch
StudentFrancoisKotzeMrUniversity of PretoriaGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRainerKrantzMrGraell LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalJohanKriekMrGleam HydroGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRionaKrugerMrsSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty) LtdEastern Cape Branch
Branch Chair
PieterLabuschagneMrGCS (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalSimone LabuschagneMrsAECIKwaZulu-Natal Branch
OrdinaryAJLandmannMrIndependent Water ccCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalReubenLazarusMrGEOSS South AfricaWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalIreneLeaMrsIrene Lea Environmental and HydrogeologyGauteng Branch
ProfessionalPaulLeeMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalSechaba ElmonLenongMrCouncil for GeoscienceGauteng Branch
OrdinaryChristopherLentzMrAIG Pumps and SealsEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalJan-MichaelLombardMrJMA Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
Professional JoyceLeshomoMsCouncil for GeoscienceGauteng Branch
Professional Tobias JLoubserMrLoubser Water Resources ConsultGauteng Branch
ProfessionalPaulLourensMrUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalChristo JohnLouwMrDepartment of Water and SanitationNorthern Branch
Associate Moses NdunaMabasaMrMasana Waste and Environmental Management
ProfessionalTsumbedzo PeterMadandaMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalSarahMahlanguMeSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalIsmailMahomedMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
Branch Chair
Kwazikwakhe AlfredMajolaMrDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
StudentTuwaniMalimaMrUniversity of VendaNorthern Branch
ProfessionalMichaelMalulekeMrDepartment of Water and SanitationKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalReubenMampuruMrLefatshe Minerals and Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalGolden ManganyiMrMasana Waste and Environmental ManagementGauteng
OrdinaryAlfred KgothatsoMasekoMrPrivate ConsultantGauteng Branch
StudentKhulisoMasindiMrUniversity of the WitwatersrandGauteng Branch
ProfessionalMatomeMasipa Kopano GeosolutionsNorthern Branch
ProfessionalMeganMassonMsGolder Associates Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
StudentBrigett SMatomelaMsUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch
ProfessionalNdukenhle DouglasMbataMrJG AfrikaKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalMojalefa VictorMbeweMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng
ProfessionalDavidMcGibbonMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
Professional CedricMeierMrPrivate Consultant Gauteng Branch
ProfessionalMerisMillsDrMills WaterWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalRaymondMinnaarMrSLR Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalSakhile Sibusiso EdwinMndaweniMrDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
ProfessionalOudiModishaMeGolder Associates Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
StudentLethulaMofokengMrCSIRGauteng Branch
Associate GeorgeMolaolwaMrDepartment of Water and SanitationCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalGregMolzenMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryThapeloMongalaMrNorth-West UniversityNorthern Branch
ProfessionalRitchieMorrisMrMEGAWestern Cape Branch
HonoraryKym LMortonDrKLM Consulting Services (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalMotlole ChrisMosekiDrDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
ProfessionalRuanMostertMrWesst Consulting (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalFerdinandMostertMrGradient Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalNancy SempheteMotebeMeIndependent ConsultantGauteng Branch
Branch Chair
EtienneMoutonMrHallowed Ground Consulting (Pty)LtdEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalRachelMpeMsDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
ProfessionalAzwindiniMukheliMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryThendoMukomaMeDepartment of Public Works and Infrastructure Gauteng Branch
ProfessionalFunzani DuncanMunyaiMrIndependent ConsultantNorthern Branch
OrdinarySedzani EliaMuravhaMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) Ltd(was AECOM)Gauteng Branch
ProfessionalJohn HEMurrayMrMESA Pty Ltd (Mining Industry)Western Cape Branch
OrdinaryVuyelwaMvandabaMsCSIRGauteng Branch
ProfessionalJan AlbertMyburghMrAGES Omega (Pty)LtdEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalSivashniNaickerMeDepartment of Water and SanitationGauteng Branch
OrdinaryThiloshiniNaidooMrsAGRI AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICESKwaZulu-Natal Branch
StudentMothaeNamaneMrUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch
ProfessionalElidaNaudeMrsEco Elementum Geohydrology (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalMbaliNdlovuMeFocus Project ManagementKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalGertNelMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdEastern Cape Branch
GWD Exco
JacoNelDrUniversity of the Western CapeWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryDuduzileNgidiMeLudloko DevelopmentsKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalEnéz NickallMsCoolela Water Technologies LDAGauteng Branch
StudentMaleteleNkadimengMeUFS, Institute for Groundwater Studies / IUCMACentral Branch
ProfessionalSifiso CollenNkosiMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryNthabisengNooeMeInternational student was with DWSWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryRichardO'BrienMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalAdolf GerswinOctoberMrERM (Environmental Resource Management)Western Cape Branch
Professional Tobiloba AOnipeMrDiges CC / University of Venda Northern Branch
ProfessionalRogerParsonsDrParsons & AssociatesWestern Cape Branch
AssociateMichael PhelanMrParsons & AssociatesEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalCalliePickeringMrsGCS (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
OrdinaryAdriaan PretoriusMrJMA Consulting (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalJakobusPrinslooMrUmvoto (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalErnestRambauMrAECOMGauteng Branch
ProfessionalKorneliusRiemannDrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryLarsRoeslerMrBAUER Technologies South Africa (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalReganRoseMrJG AfrikaKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalAngus ErrolRowlandMrIndependent ConsultantGauteng Branch
ProfessionalDirk Cornelius
RudolphMrGHT ConsultingEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalBishwarnandSahadeoMrPrivate ConsultantKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalDonovanSamuelsMrGeoleco (Pty) LtdEastern Cape Branch
GWD Exco
ElandaSchaffnerMrsGWDGauteng Branch
ProfessionalMarkSchapersMrJG AfrikaKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalRobert IgnatiusSchapersMrJG AfrikaKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalFrankSchmidtMrGeology for Africa SASGauteng Branch
ProfessionalOckie FScholtzMrShangoni Management Services (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalLeratoSebeshoMeCouncil for GeoscienceGauteng Branch
OrdinaryRupertSebireMrGeomeasure Group (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalMatomeSekibaMrCouncil for GeoscienceGauteng Branch
OrdinarySasha DeanSinghMrUmvoto Africa (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalOnke KnowledgeSkenjanaMrAGES Omega (Pty)LtdEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalSarahSkinnerMsSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalCraigSmithDrGeological Society of South AfricaGauteng Branch
OrdinaryHenokSolomonMrUniversity of the Western CapeWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalCornelis Johannes (Neels)SonnekusMrVSA Rebotile Metsi Consulting (Pty)LtdNorthern Branch
ProfessionalTaryn MSwalesMeGeomeasure Group (Pty)LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch
StudentJohanSwanepoelMrUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalMarius TerblancheMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalChristie LynnTerrellMrsSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
HonoraryIsaThompsonMrsDepartment of Water and Sanitation (retired) Gauteng Branch
ProfessionalLukeTowersMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalShaneTurnerMrJMA Consulting (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalCameron CliveTurnerMrJones & Wagener (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalWillemVan BiljonMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalElaineVan der LindeMrsPrescali Environmental Consultants (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryPieterVan der MerweMrCrusader Consulting (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
AssociateAnsuVan der WaltMsJones & Wagener (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryJeanVan der WaltMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
OrdinaryJohanVan der WaltAB PumpsEastern Cape Branch
OrdinaryGeorgeVan der WattMrPharmatrend Projects ccGauteng Branch
OrdinaryGawieVan DykMrDepartment of Water and SanitationCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
OrdinaryAltaVan DykMrsAlta van Dyk Environmental Consultants CCGauteng Branch
OrdinaryAlbertVan HeerdenMrGeo Pollution Technologies  (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalLouis JacobusVan NiekerkMrGHT ConsultingCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalJohanna (Jorette)Van RooyenMrsVeltwater Groundwater SpecialistsGauteng Branch
OrdinaryBeateVan StratenMeEngeolab CCKwaZulu-Natal Branch
ProfessionalWilnaVan WykMrsSMN InternationalCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
GWD Exco
YazeedVan WykMrWater Research CommissionGauteng Branch
OrdinaryLerizeVan Wyk GCS (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalNicolaasVan ZylHydrogeek Consulting (Pty) LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalTalita Van ZylMsGolder Associates Africa (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalSoniaVeltmanMrsVeltwater Groundwater SpecialistsWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalChristiaanVermaakMrTucana SolutionsCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
GWD Exco
NicoletteVermaakMeUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
ProfessionalDanieVermeulenProfUFS, Institute for Groundwater StudiesCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
OrdinaryAlbertusViljoenMrTshiping Water User AssociationCentral Branch (Bloemfontein)
OrdinaryKaren GrotheVillholthDrIWMI, International Water Management InstituteGauteng Branch
Professional DesmondVisserMrSRK Consulting South Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
ProfessionalReinhardt V
Weidemann MrVSA Leboa Consulting (Pty)LtdNorthern Branch
ProfessionalJannie WeitzDrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
StudentAarifahWilliamsMsNelson Mandela UniversityEastern Cape Branch
ProfessionalEddieWiseMrUmvoto Africa (Pty)LtdWestern Cape Branch
OrdinaryDerekWhitfield MrEDRS (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalKaiWitthueserProfDelta-H Water Systems Modelling (Pty)LtdGauteng Branch
ProfessionalSanMariWoitheMrsSanMari Geohydro ConsultingEastern Cape Branch
OrdinaryMagnificent ThulaniZuluMrImbalikazulu Trading Enterprise (Pty) LtdKwaZulu-Natal Branch


This event was hosted as a joint event by the Groundwater Association of KwaZulu-Natal (GAKZN) and the GWD KZN Branch, and moderated by the KZN Branch Chair, Mr Pieter Labuschagne.

Special mention and thank you to Gavin Hill (Hillson Drilling, KZN) for his assistance in organising this event.


Date: Tuesday Jun 30, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (SAST)
Topic: Principles of Efficient Gravel Envelope Well Design and Operation

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT The expectation of a water well is to provide a desired production rate at any given time.  This performance expectation has been expanded to not only providing the maximum production rate, but also for the well to operate at its highest efficiency. Both internal and external design and hydraulic factors must be accounted for during the design, construction, operation, and maintenance phases in order to maximize the well's production potential with minimum head losses. This presentation will highlight the critical components of the well design process and demonstrate how wells can be operated with greater water production and cost efficiency.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER Kevin McGillicuddy is the Chief Hydrogeologist for the Roscoe Moss Company with over 35 years professional experience working nationally and internationally on ground water development projects.  Kevin was a founding member and Chair of the CA/NV AWWA Water Well Technology Committee and a member of the AWWA A100 Well Standards Committee. Prior to joining Roscoe Moss Company, he worked as Director of Recharge Operations  and  as  a  Senior  Hydrogeologist  for  the  Orange  County  Water  District  in Fountain Valley, CA. He holds a B.S Degree in Geology from Boston College and M.S. Degree in Geology from the University of Southern California.

REGISTRATIONS/ATTENDEES A total number of 139 registrations were received, with 95 total stations in attendance and 46 attendees signing in their attendance via the Chat window and thus qualifying for CPD attendance.


Presenter's Talk: K.-McGillicuddy-GAKZN-Principles-of-Efficient-Well-Design-final2-06.30.2020. (.pdf 2.53mb)Download

Recording available (original unedited)

Q&A Session

Q: How does topography influence the well design?
Q: Is there a certain minimum amount of time recommended for well development when using a test pump and straining the well, and is the point of max efficiency easy to distinguish between reaching a recharge boundary?
Q: Borehole clogging is a challenge in many parts of South Africa. Do you think there is a preferable well design to reduce or eliminate clogging? Or do you think monitoring is the best solution?
Q: Within central Africa especially in the highly weathered area, Roscoe moss screens are usually recommended as the best screens but mainly Johnson screens seem to be readily available. any reason for that?
Q: Could the positioning of the pump in the well be used to limit vertical flow losses, and does the length of the screen affect vertical flow losses?

Want to engage further with the Speaker?
Please feel free to contact: Kevin McGillicuddy, P.G. Roscoe Moss Company, Los Angeles, via EMAIL:

Due to popular demand - we do look forward to host Kevin as presenter again in the near future. Thank you for an excellent presentation.

National Chairperson: Mr Fanus Fourie
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Dr Jaco Nel
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

Please contact this Committee via [email protected]

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