GWD Western Cape presents: A one-day symposium TITLE: Groundwater and The Drought: Between a rock and a wet place. Date: 2 November 2018, Thursday Time: 09h00 – 15h00 Venue: UWC Cost: R500, Students R50 Background The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of our country, and especially in the Western, Eastern- and Northern Cape. As a result, we saw an accelerated development of groundwater resources. But do we really know what the…Find out more »
The Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are proud to announce their 1st Annual Groundwater Conference to be held under the theme “Adapting to Climate Change in the SADC Region through Water Security – A Focus on Groundwater”.Find out more »
Date: Friday, 2 November 2018 Time: 09h00 – 15h00 Venue: Life Sciences Building, University of the Western Cape Cost: R500, Students R50 Background The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of our country, and especially in the Western, Eastern- and Northern Cape. As a result, we saw an accelerated development of groundwater resources. But do we really know what the impact of the ongoing drought has been on our groundwater resources? What data…Find out more »
The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Presented by the Department of Geology, University of Pretoria Variably saturated flow conditions are increasingly relevant to geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments. This is most evident in the so-called vadose zone that extends from land surface to the phreatic surface, and which is characterised by variably saturated hydrological systems mostly at negative pore water pressures. The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology short course explores this zone which…Find out more »
Groundwater Symposium GWD Central Branch Venue: IGS at UFS in Bloemfontein Date: 12 July 2019 @ 10h00 to 14h00 The GWD Central Branch, serving the greater Free State, North West and Northern Cape, invites all members and prospective members to join in this 1 day Symposium: Time Topic 10h00 Welcome IGS 10h05 News & progress GWD 10h15 Dr Eddy van Wyk, Golder Associates The Application of Isotope Hydrology and Supporting Tracers in Subterranean Flow Studies 11h15 Mr Fanie de Lange,…Find out more »
Groundwater is a highly valuable resource especially in areas of low rainfall and low surface water supplies. The value of aquifers can be greatly increased by actually returning water to the aquifers when there is additional water available (be it from rainfall/runoff – treated effluent – diverted surface water flows etc).
This process is known as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and has huge potential in South Africa. It has the added benefit that water stored underground is not prone to high rates of evapotranspiration. However it is a technology that can be quite complicated with many technical and legal hurdles to clear. The world’s leading experts in MAR (from South Africa and Australia) will present 3 day’s of detailed training on the topic.
Dear Stakeholder South Africa has committed to working towards the SDG Goals, and ground water is extensively featured in SDG 6. As the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), we have been working on the ground water indicators for SDG 6.3 (By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally Quality) and SDG 6.6 (By 2020, protect…Find out more »