Alveo Water assisting communities during COVID-19

Alveo Water’s operation and maintenance teams service critical water and sanitation infrastructure around South Africa to ensure the ongoing supply of essential water and sanitation services during the lockdown. Our operation and maintenance teams operate a wide range of water and sanitation infrastructure, such as flocculation plants, reverse osmosis plants, activated sludge plants and membrane bioreactors. We service both public and private infrastructure. A typical day for our teams includes sample taking and analysis of product water quality, performing daily operational checks, troubleshooting and solving operational problems and responding to emergency breakdowns to ensure minimum downtime of essential infrastructure. Our teams are also involved with providing potable water to underprivileged communities that do not have reliable access to water during this time, we deliver potable water to these communities in flow bins daily. We remain committed to ensure the safe and sustainable supply of water and sanitation services to our country and strive to do our part in this sector.
Water Sector Heroes: eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant Staff

Water Sector Heroes: eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant Staff

We would like to acknowledge the individuals working on the eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant. Even though the operating mines have scaled down production as per directive issued by The South African Government, the EWRP has remained fully operational to produce as much potable water as possible to the local eMalahleni Municipality. Being a key role player in providing water for sanitation to combat the spread of infection, Anglo American Coal partnered with Nafasi Water Operations have taken all possible measures to continuously provide this service. A 17 person team has volunteered to self-isolate on the plant to prevent any external sources of contamination, while operating the plant safely and productively. The EWRP has arranged containers to house the teams, food, recreation and laundry facilities to keep the site team as comfortable as possible. This team has sacrificed their personal time and comforts to provide a lifesaving service and are true water sector heroes. – Submission by Maryke Malan Below is the amazing team at the EWRP dedicated to ensuring clean water for the eMalahleni Municipality!
#AllHandsOnDeck for WISA2020 in December

#AllHandsOnDeck for WISA2020 in December

One thing that we all know about water is that it always finds a way to get over, under or through any obstacle that may stand in its way. It is no surprise then, that when we realised that the South African government proclamation against gatherings of more than 100 people meant that our meeting in June would have to be postponed, our amazing team of organisers put the #AllHandsOnDeck mindset into action. The result is that WISA2020 is definitely going ahead with the same excellent sessions and – pending confirmation – the same excellent speakers. And with the extra time we have, we will be able to make sure that our conference is bigger and better than ever before. We have managed to secure the same great venue – the Sandton Convention Centre, so all that has changed is the date. The new date is December 5 – 9, 2020. Why December? After a period of slowing down and isolation, all indications are that this December is going to be a time of re-grouping and reconnecting and starting afresh – a perfect time for us to work together for water. If you have already registered you don’t need to do anything. If you haven’t registered yet, please don’t hesitate to sign up. We’re in this together. Water is as important as it has always been, and with the potential economic fallout of the corona virus, we need #AllHandsOnDeck. See you in December!

WISA2020 is postponed

The theme for WISA2020 is #AllHandsOnDeck which reflects our commitment to working together for water in Southern Africa. Now we are extending the theme to a much broader scope. We need #AllHandsOnDeck as we meet the challenge of mitigating against the spread of the Corona Virus (Covid-19). We need to work together for the health and safety of us all. Last night, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a series of measures to contain the spread of the virus in our country. These included travel bans from the countries currently most affected by the pandemic and prohibitions against gatherings of more than 100 people. These actions will flatten the curve, curtailing the rapid spread of the virus. This has an obvious impact on WISA2020 which includes speakers from overseas and an estimated 1500 delegates. In response, the WISA Board and the Organising Committee were faced with a number of choices. We could have run the conference as a digital event but we decided against this. You have all told us how much you value the opportunity to network with each other and with the high calibre water experts who present at our conferences, so we have taken the decision to postpone the event until later in the year. As soon as the new date is confirmed, we will let you know through our websites, social media and member emails. We will continue working to make the conference bigger and better than ever before, and will keep providing you with updates and information from our key presenters. With #AllHandsOnDeck we will overcome this challenge. We look forward to welcoming you…
XL Millennium Travel – Our New Partner

XL Millennium Travel – Our New Partner

WISA has partnered with XL Millennium Travel to bring you the best travel deals! Services! Flights Accommodation Car hire Visa and passport services Foreign exchange assistance Travel Insurance No extra cost to you! Upfront discounted and negotiated rates Foreign exchange assistance Issuing Travel Insurance Plus! Access to monthly leisure specials Access to XLGO – a free mobile travel application Online booking tool A dedicated booking agent 24-hour assistance Contact us today WISATravel@millenniumtravel.co.za
Young Water Professionals: Self Nominations for National Committee

Young Water Professionals: Self Nominations for National Committee

The South African Young Water Professionals’ (YWP-ZA) Chair calls on all YWPs based in South Africa for self-nominations for four positions on the National Committee from June 2018 – mid 2020. The four positions are Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Imvelisi Project Lead. As part of the National Committee, you will be exposed to the country-wide operations of the Committee. This entails overseeing various flagship projects, strategic planning, maintaining YWP-ZA’s business model to ensure financial sustainability, guiding the provincial chapters, among others. To apply, please fill in the self-nomination form here: https://goo.gl/forms/JEoWKOhwCFg4ourU2 before 16 May 2018. Please see attached document for more information or contact the National Chair, Nora Hanke-Louw (norahankelouw@gmail.com; 072 843 6133) or the incoming Chair, Suvritha Ramphal (suvram@dk.um; 072 930 5715). YWP – National Committee Elections Information
WISA 2018 Awards for best water and wastewater treatment works

WISA 2018 Awards for best water and wastewater treatment works

Closing date: 18th May 2018 The WISA Wilson Award was initiated in 1976 to commemorate the late Dr. Wilson’s dedicated approach to his work and his efforts in developing the Southern African Branch of the Institute of Sewage Purification that in 1967 changed its name to the Institute of Water Pollution Control. When the latter organisation was disbanded in 1987 and the Water Institute of Southern Africa formed, it was decided to carry on with this tradition. This award acknowledges the combined competence and initiative of the owner and works manager of a wastewater treatment works, having a total design capacity of up to 25 Ml/day average dry weather flow. In line with the Wilson award, WISA has extended the awards to acknowledge and honour the competence, dedication and initiative of plant personnel at larger wastewater treatment plants and potable water treatment plant to continuously provide good quality water and compliant effluent. Invitation to participate The Water Science Division of WISA hereby invites all process controllers, supervisors, and water service authorities to participate in this initiative and submit applications for the following awards: Wilson award for wastewater treatment plant with design capacity < 25Ml/day Isigidi Award for wastewater treatment plant with design capacity > 25Ml/day Amanzi Award for water treatment plant located in a Metropolitan area or City Metsi Award for water treatment plant located in a Rural area. Evaluation criteria As the focus of the awards is on acknowledgment of competence and initiative of plant personnel to constantly improve operations, the following parameters will be evaluated: Efforts by owner and works manager Operating efficiency Plant maintenance and servicing Laboratory…
WISA Western Cape Process Controllers Annual General Meeting – 3 May 2018

WISA Western Cape Process Controllers Annual General Meeting – 3 May 2018

The Western Cape Process Controllers will be holding their Annual General Meeting on 3 May 2018 from 09h00-10h30 at the Faure Water Treatment Works, Old Main road, Cape Town. The agenda for the AGM can be downloaded on the following link: WISA Process Controllers Division – 2018 AGM Agenda Should you wish to attend the AGM then please RSVP to Dewald van Staden on dewald@metsi.co.za or if you have any queries you can contact him on 073 163 4302. Please RSVP before 26 April 2018. The division is seeking members to serve on their committee, and therefore would like to put out a Call for Nominations/ Applications. If you wish to apply please send your half page CV listing the skills/ experience that you would be able to offer the division to Melissa Wheal on admin@wisa.org.za. Deadline for applications is 25 April 2018. Nominees/ applicants must meet the following criteria: WISA Member in good standing (application to become a member is sufficient) No criminal record or prior insolvency Temporary/permanent resident in or citizen of the Republic of South Africa Willing to commit time and energy towards the branch/division Committee over the course of two years (meetings, adhere to policies, etc.) The National Process Controllers Division AGM will take place at the WISA Biennial Conference in June 2018.