Africa News - Pollution & Water Quality

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January 7, 2016
Roman Toilets Spread Parasites
Public baths, latrines with washing facilities, sewer systems, fountains and clean drinking water from aqueducts did not protect the ancient Romans from parasites, finds new research.
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September 24, 2015
Can entrepreneurship in Africa make clean water more accessible?
A father-and-son team from Colorado Springs are providing entrepreneurs in East Africa with equipment to filtrate, bottle and sell water along with the opportunity to grow their own business from the ground up.
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September 23, 2015
Govt is the biggest polluter of water in SA – AfriForum
In a statement, Julius Kleynhans, Afriforum’s head of environmental affairs, said government discharges 3 642 million liters of sewage effluent per day. This does not comply with safety standards into the rivers and dams. “That means that 74% of wastewater treatment facilities are unlawfully polluting our water, which is criminal,” said Kleynhans.
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August 8, 2015
Politics results in filthy water
Four billion litres of polluted water are released into South Africa’s rivers everyday. This makes people sick and, in extreme cases, kills them. The water should be clean but a third of all sewerage plants were officially classified as “in crisis” in 2013. Rather than releasing current information the departments have kept back data on water quality and the capability of sewerage plants.
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June 2, 2015
Life-saving water filter wins African engineering prize
A sand-based water filter designed to clean contaminated water in developing countries has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s inaugural African innovation prize.
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February 9, 2015
Egyptian method filters seawater in minutes
The technology is based on membranes containing cellulose acetate powder, produced in Egypt. The powder, in combination with other components, binds the salt particles as they pass through, making the technique useful for desalinating seawater.