Technical Papers

Water Use Licence Applications: Why Public Participation Is So Important

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Water resource governance in South Africa   All water uses according to the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) need to be authorised and this is enforced by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The National Water Act is a legislative document that has become the bedrock of the nation’s approach to water […]

Posted on 6 February 2024

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Everything you need to know about drilling a borehole at home

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Written by Reuben Lazarus    With the threat of Day zero still looming in parts of South Africa, the question of getting a borehole in your backyard is still on the mind of many concerned citizen wanting to secure their water supply. Whether this is for drinking water, filling up swimming pools or garden irrigation, […]

Posted on 29 July 2022

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Merweville - a town in the Karoo

Merweville: a drought-stricken Karoo Town – that turned its water supply battles around

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Written by: Julian Conrad A question many people ask is where do small towns get their water supply from? Today we will answer that question through the case study of one of our latest projects, a town that battled drought for many years. Merweville is a special and charming little town (see Figure 1) located […]

Posted on 3 March 2022

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Borehole water: How to get a South African Water Use License (WULA)

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Usually, the preparations made for groundwater exploration, drilling, and testing the yield and quality of boreholes culminates in the registration or authorisation of the use of new groundwater. While Section 21 of the National Water Act No. 36 of 1998 guides the groundwater user in terms of the authorization process, there are various aspects that should be taken into consideration.

Posted on 3 October 2021

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Know your borehole: A hydrogeologist’s perspective

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Recognition of groundwater’s contribution to water supply, including garden irrigation, crop irrigation, stock watering, potable and town supply, is ever increasing. This is driven by inconsistent rainfall patterns, climate change and an increase in water demand. With drill rigs of all shapes and sizes running around between drill sites, it is appropriate that we spend some time outlining some important aspects regarding a successful borehole – it goes beyond just selecting the correct drill site!

Posted on 11 September 2021

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Contaminated Land: The unsettling legacy of human activity and industrialisation

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The land we live, work and walk on is the only one we have and therefore contamination from human activity and industrialisation is a real issue strongly linked to our common past, present and future. It is important to remember that contamination is something that has occurred in the past, is occurring in the present and it will occur in the future. It is therefore crucial that these concerns are addressed.

Posted on 13 October 2020

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Groundwater Cycle

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Groundwater supply project lifecycle

Posted on 25 September 2019

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