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____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This newsletter is distributed to members of WISA as a membership benefit. WISA is a Southern African voluntary non-profit association of 2 063 members comprising water sector professionals, interested parties, companies, government departments, educational & research institutions, local authorities and associated organisations. WISA provides a sector-wide platform in Southern Africa for the promotion, integration and application of scientific, engineering & management knowledge and skills in the natural & controlled water cycle. It has 5 regional Branches & 11 Technical Divisions. Visit or for more details. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This newsletter is in pdf format hence if you wish to connect to a web link, click on the "Select Tool" button on the top toolbar (next to the "Hand Tool" icon), and then click on the web link using the "Select Tool" icon. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________



1. WISA NEWS 1.1 Message from the WISA President

Dear Members Dr Marlene van der Merwe-Botha President: Water Institute of Southern Africa

1.2 WISA Annual Presidential Tour:

The WISA President & Chief Executive successfully visited the Regional Branches and Patron Members in KZN, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and the Free State from 29 January ­ 2 February 2007 as follows.

Branch KZN Eastern Cape Western Cape Free State


29 & 30 January 2007 31 January 2007 1 February 2007 2 February 2007


eThekwini Water Services, Umgeni Water, University of KZN & WISA KZN Branch Committee Amatola Water & WISA Eastern Cape Branch Cape Town Metro Water Services, WAMTech (eWISA) & WISA Western Cape Branch Bloem Water & WISA Free State Branch Committee

A full report will be tabled at the Executive Board on 15 February 2007 and a shortened version in the next WISA newsletter.

Clockwise from top left:

· · · · KZN Branch Committee, Eastern Cape Branch meeting, Free State Branch Committee & Western Cape Branch meeting

1.3 WISA Directory: Members' details

WISA Members (organisations & individual) are requested to send their new or changed details to Merle Adams at the WISA National Office ([email protected]) in preparation for the 2007 WISA Directory. As an added precaution, Members will be e-mailed and telephoned to confirm details.

1.4 eWISA

When the Presidential Tour party met with the eWISA Team in Stellenbosch last week the following developments with the WISA Capacity-building & Information system were discussed: · Visits to eWISA website already > 7 000. · The photo library in eWISA is expanding at a rapid rate and is an asset to the water sector (members are encouraged to visit the website at and see for themselves) · Additional staff have been hired to accelerate the rate of data capture · It is proposed to acknowledge regular contributors to the website in some way perhaps as `Friends of eWISA' · A project to involve schools in the water sector has been launched, initially as a pilot project

· The Wastewater Treatment Assistant module is being piloted at Mogale City & at Breede Valley Members are reminded that eWISA is WISA's capacity-building & business information-system and that you can take full advantage of eWISA by listing your expertise and advertising your products & services on the system. Contact Maria le Roux in this regard at [email protected] or 021 887 7161

1.5 WISA Company Members ­ web links

WISA Corporate Members, including WISA Patron Members, are earnestly requested to include links, on their company websites, to the WISA and eWISA websites viz and Your support of these websites will greatly improve the exposure of your Institution (WISA) as well as public awareness of your company's commitment to professionalism & capacity-building in the water sector.

1.6 Latest Water SA available

The WRC has informed WISA that the January 2007 edition of Water SA (Vol 33 No 1) is available on its website:

1.7 Lettinga Award 2007 - call for entries

This item has been included under `WISA News' to draw it to the attention of members who are encouraged to enter the competition. Financed by three Dutch Environmental Engineering companies, the Lettinga Award 2007 has a prize of 25 000 for a project stimulating innovation in the field of anaerobic technology for wastewater treatment aiming at cleaner production, recycling, sustainable development and/or resource conservation. The focus of the call 2007 is on the chemical industry. The Lettinga Award will be adjudged to a project. The innovative projects that can be submitted may take place all over the world. Deadline for submission: 1 April 2007 or

1.8 Invitation: Water Technology Workshop. 13h00 ­ 16h00. 19 February 2007. Radisson Hotel, Waterfront, Cape Town

From 18 ­ 23 February 2007, a group of innovative Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the field of water technology & water management are visiting South Africa in a `Technology Matchmaking' Mission. The aim of the mission is to stimulate collaboration in R&D and trade between South Africa and the Netherlands. As part of this visit, a workshop will be held on Monday 19 February 2007 on the current status of Water Technology and Water Supply in both the Netherlands and South Africa, opportunities for further cooperation between Dutch and South Africa companies in the Water Technology sector and recent developments in both countries. Speakers will include: · Mr Arie Kraaijenveld, (Chairman of Netherlands Water Partnership), · Dr Gerhard Offringa and Dr Heidi Snyman, both of the Water Research Commission (WRC) in South Africa, · Mr Bas Kothuis of BECO, Institute for Sustainable Business, and · Mr Lucas Beekman of Senter Novem Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in partaking in this mission please RSVP to SANEC, by fax 011 263 5811 or e-mail [email protected] before 14 February 2006 stating that you will be attending the Workshop and including your name, company and contact details.

1.9 UNESCO National IHP Committee

This is a final call to interested parties , with the necessary skills/ expertise, who would like to participate in an initiative to develop a National Implementation Strategy for IHP7 sponsored by the UNESCO National IHP Committee under the stewardship of DWAF, to send their details to the WISA Chief Executive at [email protected]

1.10 People on the move

Richard Holden, well-known WISA member, ex-Mvula Trust, has informed us that he is leaving the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to join the Siyenza Manje (we do it now) programme at DBSA, which will help him `get back to the coal face and directly help in service delivery on the ground'. On behalf of WISA ­ best wishes Richard in your new position.

1.11 UNESCO-IHE Water Photo Competition

This item has been included under `WISA News' to draw it to the attention of members who are encouraged to enter the competition. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the year 2007. Included in the celebrations is a worldwide photo competition for amateur photographers. Since a picture says more than a thousand words, UNESCO-IHE would like people from around the world to share their best, most touching or most characteristic water-related pictures with them. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2007, all amateur photographers can participate and submit up to 5 photographs. The results of the competition will be announced on World Water Day, 22 March 2007. The winner will receive a state of the art digital photo camera. Visit ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2 GENERAL NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 2.1 Southern Africa 2.1.1 National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill

The Waste Management Bill has been gazetted for comment in General Notice 1832 of 2007, Government Gazette 29487 dated 12 January 2007. CAIA will be preparing comment on this Bill. Members who wish to contribute can obtain a copy of the Bill from [email protected] (Chemical & Allied Industries Association).

2.1.2 Codes of Good Practice on BBBEE

The final guidelines to the BBBEE codes were made public on the 14 December of last year. A summary of the Codes issued by the dti as a media statement is available from [email protected] (Chemical & Allied Industries Association). The final version of the Codes is to be published early in February. The most important point for small, medium and micro enterprises is that businesses with a turnover below R5 million are exempt from BEE compliance and those with a turnover between R5 million and R35 million per annum will only have to comply with 4 out of 7 elements of the scorecard.

2.1.3 New CEO of CIDB

The Minister of Public Works, Ms Thoko Didiza, has approved the appointment of Mr Ronnie Khoza as the new CEO of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). Mr Khoza replaces Mr Spencer Hodgson who occupied the position for five years. The CIDB was established by Parliament in 2000 to promote sustainable growth and regulate the performance of contractors in the construction sector.

2.2 Africa Nothing to report 2.3 Europe 2.3.1 Urban Drainage flooding in England

With this phenomenon costing 270 million pa and predicted to reach 15 billion in 75 years, a series of 15 pilot studies is being rolled out across England from now to April 2008 to look at ways of resolving ongoing problems such as the lack of clarity over who is responsible for protecting town and cities against drainage flooding. Visit

2.3.2 Households spared but farmers to suffer under water restrictions

The Agriculture Minister of Cyprus announced that domestic water customers would not suffer from water cuts for the time being, but farmers would not receive any further irrigation water for seasonal crops and the island's golf courses will only receive 30% of their usual allocations. After three years of poor rainfall, dams on Cyprus have now dropped to 21% of their capacity. The Cypriot government is trying to save the available irrigation water for perennial crops, greenhouse crops, and livestock. It is also launching a conservation campaign aimed at home users that emphasizes recycling, and is considering raising fines for people who hose down pavements, roads, and porches. Visit

2.3.3 Sewage - Solution for water shortage

More than a million cubic meters of wastewater emanating from Greece's sewage-treatment plants flow into the sea every day and are wasted, whereas they could be recycled to irrigate thousands of acres of farmland and urban lawns and parks. The Head of the Department of Environmental Management and Natural Resources at the University of Ioannina suggested that in cities located close to sewage-treatment plants, the processed wastewater could be collected in a central belowground reservoir and piped to surrounding buildings. The National Institute of Rural Research confirmed that many crops, including sugar beets, maize, cotton, and barley, could be irrigated safely with properly treated wastewater.

2.3.4 `Water is a right' not to be managed by private companies

A national campaign by the Italian committee of the Global Water Contract to resist the privatisation of water services opened in Cuneo Province with the slogan "Water is a right, not a product." The committee's main objective is to collect 50 000 signatures to show the government that individuals and businesses want their water supplies in public hands. The province's water is currently managed by three largely private groups. "Public management has a long-term perspective and is in the interest of the citizens; private management pursues, instead, short-term goals, in order to increase profits," says the Committee.

2.3.5 Predicting tsunamis in Europe

Two years ago, a tsunami struck Southeast Asia, leaving up to 230 000 dead in its wake. The Mediterranean region has already been a victim of tsunamis in the past and there is every reason to believe that others will occur in the future. European scientists are studying the question and hope to develop a warning system for coastal populations. The `Transfer and Safer' projects, supported by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research & Development, aim to contribute to understanding of tsunami processes in the Mediterranean and to develop an early warning system similar to the one used for the Pacific. tid=3173

2.4 Americas 2.4.1 Foundation sues company for polluting aquifers

The Environmental Law Foundation is suing Southern California Gas for allegedly polluting aquifers designated for future drinking water use in the Los Angeles area with carcinogenic benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene from its underground gas storage reservoir. The action alleges repeated violations of Proposition 65, the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986, which strictly prohibits discharge or release of carcinogenic chemicals, or those known to cause birth defects, into actual or possible drinking water sources.

2.4.2 WEF Publishing (UK) Limited launched

WEF (the Water Environment Federation) has acquired World Water & Environment Engineering magazine, and launched WEF Publishing (UK) Limited, which will begin publishing the magazine in March 2007 and eventually expand into a fullservice publishing company to produce and market WEF technical & educational products in Europe.

2.4.3 Mississippi reveals plans for storm-proof infrastructure

Mississippi's governor has unveiled plans to provide $630 million to develop and enhance water systems on the state's hurricane-damaged Gulf coast. Hurricane Katrina destroyed water and sewer systems serving tens of thousands of people in 2005, and the plan will improve and storm-proof this infrastructure so that future hurricanes do not have the same devastating impact. Infrastructure is also needed for new developments inland. The plan has been submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval.

2.4.4 Authority announces major wastewater and potable water investment

Puerto Rico's Aqueduct and Sewerage authority has announced plans to invest $1.95 billion over 15 years in wastewater treatment and potable water projects. Some $945 million is earmarked for a project to be undertaken jointly with the island's Health Ministry to improve potable water networks. The plans, which also include rehabilitating water treatment systems, improving turbidity control and reconstruction of treatment plants and storage, have been agreed and now have to be approved by a judicial tribunal. A $150 million, 23 MLD reservoir is also planned for the country's Rio Blanco region and scheduled for completion in 2008.

2.5 Australia 2.5.1 National Water Authority mooted

While criticising lack of progress in spending the AU$2 billion allocated federally to resolving Australia's water crises and current efforts to streamline administration of water agencies, Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has secured the support of the Premiers to create a national water authority intended to spearhead reform and abolish duplication between the states and the commonwealth.

2.5.2 Victoria proposes major desalination project

The Australian state of Victoria has reversed a previous decision against desalination by announcing plans for a proposed AU$1 billion plant. State water minister John Thwaites has confirmed that a feasibility study identifying the costs of developing the plant for Melbourne is under way, as it was likely the state would need desalination.

2.5.3 Aquifer degradation

In a position paper circulated to federal and state governments calling for urgent national reform, a group of seven of Australia's leading groundwater experts claims that uncontrolled urban and industrial discharges and agricultural intensification are degrading aquifers across the continent. They also claim Australia is losing the scientific knowledge and technical skills necessary to deal with these problems.

2.5.4 The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2006-07

Australia has been ranked 29th for the quality of its Maths and Science Teaching, behind countries like Belgium, Singapore, India, Indonesia and New Zealand. APESMA noted that the rankings were based on assessment by industry and major businesses of Australia's Maths-Science capabilities, and reflect their lack of confidence in the workforce.,8262,3-21065496,00.html

2.6 Asia 2.6.1 Drinking water standards are augmented

China has increased the items in its national standard for drinking water from 35 to 106, with the changes due to take effect from the beginning of July 2007. The Standardisation Administration and Ministry of Health jointly issued the Sanitary standard for water, the first revision of the country's water quality standard since it was first issued in 1985. New additions include requirements for drinking water to not contain pathogens, harmful chemicals or radioactive substances, and for it to be disinfected prior to sale. More stringent procedures for assessing the presence of benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene are also laid down. In all, 42 of the items apply across the country and 64 to regions meeting specific criteria.

2.6.2 Veolia Water wins Lanzhou contract

Veolia Water has won its 21st contract in China, for a 30-year concession with the Lanzhou Water Supply Company in the capital of Gansu province on the banks of the Yellow river. The contract means the company will buy 45% of the municipal water company creating an estimated cumulated total turnover of 1.6 billion. As part of the contract the company will manage four water treatment works, with a total capacity of 2 190 000m3, 640km of distribution network, 11 elevation plants and associated client services. Operations will begin in the middle of 2007.

2.7 Middle East 2.7.1 Veolia wins desalination contract

Veolia has announced that it has won a contract with an Omani partner to build, own and operate a desalination plant in Oman that will bring 434 million in sales for Veolia Water over the 22 years of the contract. Both companies will be involved in the 111 million construction of the plant.

2.8 World-wide 2.8.1 Shrinking glaciers thawed faster in 2005

Mountain glaciers around the world are melting faster according to new data issued today that confirms the trend in accelerated ice loss over the past 25 years. Thinning of the ice on the majority of the world's glaciated mountain ranges averaged 670mm over the past year.

2.8.2 Water shows its worth

CSIRO has found that the economic value per cubic metre of water consumed by the minerals industry exceeds that of the agricultural and industrial sectors, supporting the view that allocating water to the minerals industry has a strong underlying economic basis. At an average value of $80 per cubic metre, the economic value of water used by the minerals industry is higher than that of the industrial sector (averaging about $40/m³) and the agricultural industry (averaging about $5/m³). ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3 FORTHCOMING EVENTS WISA Master List of Forthcoming Events

To limit the length of this newsletter, the complete list of forthcoming events such as conferences, workshops and training courses, is listed on the eWISA website at "New" events and WISA & allied events only will be listed in this newsletter. Highly-expensive opportunistic conferences will not be promoted.

3.1 SOUTH AFRICAN EVENTS 3.1.1 7th WISA MTD Symposium & Workshop. 18-20 March 2007. Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Limpopo

The WISA Membrane Technology Division (MTD) is arranging this Symposium and Workshop, and would especially like to encourage the participation of industry as the Division expects a profitable exchange of information on development, design, scale-up and operation of membranes and membrane systems. It is hoped that this Conference and Workshop will provide an opportune forum in South Africa for students, academics, suppliers of membrane equipment and processes, membrane plant managers and industrialists, to discuss recent developments and operational experience, and to cement relationships between researchers and users of membrane technology. Prices have been kept low to encourage attendance which is limited to 150 (by the size of the venue). · Students (full-time) R 300-00 · WISA members R 1250-00 · Non WISA members R 1450-00 For more information visit or for registration contact Marshall Sheldon at [email protected] or fax (021) 460 3854 Accommodation is limited, so you are advised to book your accommodation without delay to ensure that you get space. Please book your accommodation directly with Mabalingwe Conference Department at (014) 736 9170 or +27 14 736 9170.

3.1.2 International Trends & Challenges - Regional Conference. 19 March 2007. University of Pretoria

Arranged by Professor Eugene Cloete, University of Pretoria (UoP), this joint event is endorsed by: · the IWA - South Africa, · the IWA - Eastern Southern African Region (ESAR), · the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) and · the UoP Water Institute. The Conference is a high-level learning event aimed at management and decision-makers, where 8 leading international speakers will present papers. The Conference takes place during Water Week and is expected to attract considerable publicity. The University of Pretoria Water Institute, where the event will be held, has kindly agreed to sponsorship of the venue, refreshments, lunches and cocktail reception at the end of the day's proceedings. A fee of R1 500 per delegate will be charged to cover the travel and accommodation costs of the international speakers. The support of Members in attending this conference will be greatly appreciated. The Conference Announcement will be distributed shortly, however in the interim enquiries can be addressed to Taryn van Rooyen at 011 463 5085 or [email protected] .

3.1.3 4th World Environmental Educational Congress. 2-6 July 2007. International Convention Centre, Durban.

Contact: Nina Freysen-Pretorius and Adora Salim (Exhibition Co-ordinator), Tel: 031 303 9852; Fax: 031 303 9529; E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

"Exhibitions for Africa" (EFA) is organising the SUSTAIN exhibition, also known as "Rio plus 15 years" or "Johannesburg plus 5 years", incorporating the popular Afriwater Exhibition. The WISA Management Division will be running a Conference alongside the Exhibition, with the following themes: · Conference train 1: Water Services Quality ­ Ownership, pride and excellence The focus of this conference train is to facilitate a turn around in service quality. · Conference train 2: Water Services Operation and Maintenance ­ My business, my pride! This conference train provides a platform for the engine room of the water services sector, those responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater treatment plants. · Conference train 3: Integrated Water Management ­ The art of making it happen The focus of this conference train is to unpack the art of integrated water management, tackling themes such as: "How to prepare a catchment management strategy". An Awards Gala Dinner is planned. Please address queries to: · Technical programme ­ Fred van Zyl at [email protected] & Dr Heidi Snyman at [email protected] · Delegates & sponsorships ­ Ms Taryn van Rooyen, 011 463 5085 or [email protected] · Exhibitions ­ Ms Zia Tomes, 011 886 3734 or [email protected]

3.1.4 SUSTAIN Exhibition & `Water Management Excellence' Conference. 15-17 August 2007. Sandton Convention Centre

3.1.5 SAFECONEX Africa 2007. 15-16 August 2007. JHB Exhibition Centre, Nasrec.

For more information regarding this Occupational Health & Safety Conference & Exhibition please contact Joan de Beurges at Tel: 011 234 3370; Fax: 011 234 3371; E-mail: [email protected]

WISA has received a call for detailed abstracts before 23 February 2007 from IWMSA for this seventh biennial seminar dedicated to capacity building and technology transfer in the science and practice of waste disposal by landfill, arranged by the Central Branch Landfill Interest Group (LIG). Interested delegates/ sponsors can contact Gail Smit, IWMSA, at tel 011-675-3462 or [email protected]

3.1.6 Landfill 2007. 12 -13 September 2007. Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Gauteng

3.1.7 HELP Southern Symposium (HELP 2007) & Exhibition. 4-9 November 2007. Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg International, Gauteng, South Africa

The overarching goal of HELP (Hydrology for Environment, Life & Policy) is to contribute social, legal, economic and environmental benefits to communities through sustainable and appropriate use of water by deploying hydrological science in support of improved integrated catchment management. WISA is partnering with DWAF, IWMI, WRC, UNESCO-SA and UKZN to host the 2007 HELP Symposium in South Africa, which is a 5-day event and will include: · Six themes will be allocated 3 hours each as a plenary session, each session will consist of: o Overview and context of theme (by an integrator) o Two invited presentations by selected Southern/Twinned HELP basins addressing the theme. o Panel discussion o Key lessons · Site visits to the Olifants Basin & Thukela Basin as SA HELP Basins WISA is assisting DWAF with the Conference & Exhibition arrangements ­ the First Announcement has been issued & can be requested from Ms Taryn van Rooyen at tel 011 463 5085 or fax 011 463 3265 or e-mail [email protected] Additional information on the HELP programme can be found at

3.1.6 WISA 2008 Biennial Conference & Exhibition. 18-22 May 2008. Sun City Hotel & Convention Centre

The First Announcement for this popular and well-attended international WISA event will be distributed soon. · Delegates & sponsorships ­ Ms Taryn van Rooyen, 011 463 5085 or [email protected] · Exhibitions ­ Ms Zia Tomes, 011 886 3734 or [email protected]

3.2 INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 3.2.1 Ozwater 2007 Conference and Exhibition. 4-8 March 2007. Sydney, Australia

Organised by the Australian Water Association (AWA), the programme for this event will start with workshops to set the scene for three days of conferencing to address the spectrum of issues facing Australia's water industry today. These will include major national reforms, climate change and its possible impacts, advances in technology, the research agenda, the challenge of human resources for the industry, iconic projects, water reuse, desalination, water accounts, monitoring and more.

3.2.2 Nutrient Removal 2007. The State of the Art Conference. 4-7 March 2007. Baltimore, Maryland, US

Visit for conference brochure.

3.2.3 Residuals & Biosolids 2007. Innovation & Sustainability Conference. 15-18 April 2007. Denver, Colorado


3.2.4 Water & Health Specialty II Conference. 23-24 May 2007. Sydney

Final call for papers has been made for this Conference which will deal with issues such as toxins, industrial and natural contaminants, pathogens, incidents and accidents, Drought induced reliance more on groundwater and recycling brings implications for catchments & water treatment plants specially important. For more information please contact [email protected]

3.2.5 2nd Annual Middle East Water Congress. 28 & 29 May 2007. Abu Dhabi, UAE

Held at the Rotana Hotel, this conference will deal with inter alia desalination, water distribution, wastewater treatment and metering. Address queries to John Karras at [email protected] or tel: 603-2723-6600 or fax: 603-2723-6766.

3.2.6 IWHA Conference 2007: Past and Futures of Water, 13-17 June 2007. Tampere, Finland

The International Water History Association (IWHA) will hold its fifth biennial conference in Tampere, Finland in June 2007. The conference program addresses diverse topics related to water history and futures, and will provide an excellent opportunity for scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and different parts of the world to meet and discuss the many fascinating aspects of water history. Major themes are: · Water and the city, · Water, health and sanitation, · Water, food and economy, · Water history research methodologies and · Water history and its relevance.

3.2.7 5th IWA Specialised Conference: MICROPOL & ECOHAZARD 2007. 17-20 June 2007. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Conference will encompass the currently emerging research in the fields of environmental chemistry, urban water management, intensive potable reuse technologies, ecotoxicology, human toxicology as well as regulations and measures to minimize hazards for biota and humans. Additionally, the emerging issue of nanotechnology related industrial applications and environmental implications will be a special focus of the conference.

3.2.8 32nd Congress of IAHR `Harmonizing the Demands of Art and Nature in Hydraulics'. 1-6 July 2007. Venice, Italy

Organised by the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR), the main theme of the congress is `Harmonizing the Demands of Art and Nature in Hydraulics'. Four scientific themes reflecting the obvious necessity to incorporate aspects other than engineering will also be discussed during the congress: · engineering and management of fresh-water systems · data acquisition and processing for scientific knowledge and public awareness · fluid mechanics and hydraulics · maritime and coastal research and engineering.

3.2.9 2007 World Water Week. 12 ­ 18 August 2007. Stockholm, Sweden

The World Water Week in Stockholm is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development. The theme of the 2007 World Water Week is `Progress and Prospects on Water: Striving for Sustainability in a Changing World.' Workshop paper and poster abstracts have been called for - submission deadline is 1 February 2007.

3.2.10 Conference and Exhibition on Wastewater 2007, 18-20 September 2007. Brno, Czech Republic

The conference is organised by the Association of Wastewater Treatment Experts of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with EWA (European Water Association), and aims to provide an international forum for the presentation & exchange of information of the latest developments in the field of wastewater collection and treatment and sludge handling in Europe. Authors wishing to contribute, should submit an abstract by 10 May 2007.

3.2.11 WEFTEC.07 - The Water Quality Event. 80th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference. 13-17 October 2007. San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

This event offers the best water-quality education & training available and is a leading source for water quality developments, research, regulations, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies. Delegates can design their own learning experience from a dynamic array of educational opportunities, including Technical Sessions, Workshops, Poster Sessions, Facility Tours, and the Exhibition. 839 companies have already reserved exhibit space. Registration opens on 2 April 2007 - visit to register online.

3.2.11 5th Victorian Flood Management Conference. 9-12 October 2006. Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Themed "Life on the edge: Dealing with risk and uncertainty', this conference will focus on climate change, data scarcity, community responsiveness, ecological stakes and planning issues. Call for papers has been issued - deadline for abstracts is 16 March 2007. For more information visit ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4 PUBLICATIONS, REPORTS ETC 4.1 Climate Change. Causes, Effects and Solutions.

Analyses both the science and policy issues, causes and predicted changes; cites case studies from US, Europe, Australasia; and discusses proposed actions. Available via [email protected] Cost AU$95.95 plus postage and handling.

4.2 New UWKIR Report: Barriers to innovation in the water sector

The report contains the proceedings and output from a conference held to discuss the findings of the UKWIR `Barriers to Innovation' project report 06/RG/10/1. Representatives of stakeholders including Ofwat, water companies and the supply chain each provided a perspective on the research, and alignment of action was explored through facilitated group working. For more information please visit

4.3 " Deterministic Model of Microbial Sources, Fate & Transport: a quantitative tool for pathogen catchment budgeting ". PhD thesis by Christobel Ferguson

To order a printed version of this document please contact [email protected] Anticipated price AU$75 plus postage and handling.

4.4 Urban Water Cycle Processes and Interactions. Authors: J Marsalek, BE Jiménez-Cisneros, PA Malmquist, M Karamouz, J Goldenfum and B Chocat.

This report presents results of one of eight inter-related studies on urban water management initiated by UNESCO, which focuses on the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on the urban hydrological cycle and the urban environment, including processes and interactions in the urban water cycle. It is meant to serve as a guidance manual on anthropogenic alterations of the urban water cycle and the environment, with reference to various climatic zones and potential climate changes. Visit

4.5 Site Calculations

Pocket reference book. Contains units of weight and measure, area, time, temperature, map and survey information, information for drainage, sewers, irrigation, ground covers and materials. Available via [email protected] Price AU$66.95 plus postage and handling.

4.6 Integrated Water Resources Management Plans. Training Manual and Operational Guide

By Cap-Net, Global Water Partnership (GWP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This training manual and operational guide is meant to assist people involved in the development of a water resources management strategy or a water resources management plan, taking into account that planning is not a linear exercise but it is cyclical and must be accompanied by regular evaluation, assessment of progress and re-planning. Although targeted at national planning for water resources management the material is readily adaptable for lower level basin or catchment planning within a national policy and legal framework which supports integrated water resources management (IWRM). The full manual in PDF format is available at

4.7 Integrated Water Resources Management on a Basin Level - A Training Manual. By Jean Burton

This publication is an introduction to the principles underlying the concept of integrated water resources management, focusing on the approaches and management tools that facilitate its application, taking into account the size of the territory, whether it be national and international basins or sub-basins of local interest. The full manual in PDF format is available at

4.8 Arsenic in Groundwater - A World Problem

Report on the outcome of a one-day symposium arranged by Netherlands Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) with UNESCO's support on 29 November 2006 in Utrecht addressing the global dimension of arsenic in groundwater and drinking water. Arsenic contamination of groundwater has occurred in various parts of the world, most notably the Ganges Delta of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, causing serious arsenic poisoning among large numbers of people. The full manual in PDF format is available at

4.9 The Ramsar Convention Manual. A Guide to the Convention on Wetlands.

The Ramsar Convention promotes an integrated package of actions to ensure the conservation and wise use of wetlands. First prepared in 1994 this 4th edition of the Ramsar Manual provides an overview of the Ramsar Convention and describes its history and present structures, the services it provides, the workings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), the Standing Committee, the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, the Secretariat, and relations with other environmental institutions. The full manual in PDF format is available at

4.10 Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands (2nd edition)

This series of Handbooks has been prepared by the Secretariat following the 7th & 8th Meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP7 and COP8) held in 1999 & 2002. The guidelines are being published as a series of handbooks to assist those involved with the implementation of the Convention at the international, national, regional and local levels. The full manual in PDF format is available at ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. RESEARCH & INNOVATION 5.1 Certification of high-performance toilets

The US EPA bas announced criteria to certify high-efficiency, high-performing toilets under WaterSense - a program to improve the market for water efficient products and practices and which was first announced at AWWA's 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition.

5.2 Chlorinated water exposure may boost cancer risk

Drinking, bathing, or swimming in chlorinated water may increase the risk of bladder cancer, according to a study at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research in Barcelona, Spain. Chlorine and other chemicals used to disinfect water can produce toxic byproducts such as the trihalomethanes (THM), which can be absorbed into the body through the skin or by inhalation.

The researchers matched 1 219 people with bladder cancer to 1 271 people without cancer, tracked their exposure to chlorinated water, analysed THM levels in the water of 123 municipalities and found that people: · living in households with an average THM level of more than 49 micrograms per liter had double the bladder cancer risk of those living in households where the concentration was below 8 micrograms per liter; · who drank chlorinated water had a 35% greater risk of bladder cancer than those who did not · who swam frequently in chlorinated pools had a 57% greater risk of bladder cancer. For more information visit

The official launch conference for the EU's new Research Framework Programme, FP7, took place in Bonn, Germany, on 15-16 January 2007, where the Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik, highlighted the challenges facing Europe, and the important role of research and the Framework Programme in the wider context of building a `European Knowledge Society'. At the event the EU formally published the final text of FP7 and its related documents, including the FP7 Rules of Participation and the FP7 Specific Programmes in December 2006. Further information please visit the launch website at and/or the website of DG Research, which includes further details of FP7, at

5.3 Official launch conference for FP7

5.4 EPA provides drinking water research grants

The US EPA has provided $5 million in grants to ten universities to develop better methods for detecting harmful organisms in drinking water such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa. The grants are aimed at ensuring that the US has the safest drinking water in the world, the EPA says. Most of the grants are for $600 000 and some of the key research will look for a rapid (under four hour) method for detecting disease-causing organisms by drinking water facilities; nanotechnology for rapid and economic concentration of GI viruses, parasites and bacteria; a new method to simultaneously detect 20 waterborne pathogens in source and drinking water; and a real-time method to detect and measure intestinal viruses in drinking water. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

6. VACANCIES & TRAINING 6.1 Amatola Water: Divisional Director: Operations

Amatola Water is a State-owned, water services enterprise established in terms of the Water Services Act to provide water services to municipalities, industry and other communities within a service area which includes Buffalo City, the Amathole District and portions of adjoining districts in the central Eastern Cape. Amatola Water seeks to appoint a Divisional Director: Operations to assume accountability for the efficient operation and maintenance of its Operations function (abstraction, treatment, asset management and pumping/distribution) to ensure that the set service and quality standards are met. The candidate should be a professionally registered BSc Engineering graduate (preferably mechanical, electrical or civil) who holds an appropriate management qualification (MBA or equivalent). The person should have in-depth knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety legislation and a proven track record of at least five years' completed service in a senior production management position coupled with sound financial management ability. Further key requirements are good communication & interpersonal skills, knowledge & experience of industrial relations, strong customer service orientation, computer literacy and a valid driver's licence. This position reports to the Chief Executive, manages a division with a staff complement of approximately 180 employees and manage a portfolio that encompasses: · Corporate strategic direction · Operations · Asset Maintenance · Human Resources · Safety, Health and Environmental Management · Business Development The cost to company package offered is in the range R516 071 ­ R705 088 pa. Applicants should note that, in terms of Amatola Water's Employment Equity Plan, the Board will give preference to a suitably qualified, black female candidate with relevant experience to this position. Applicants to submit a detailed CV referenced 001/07 to the Human Resources Manager at: · Amatola Water, Private Bag X02, East London, 5200 · or Fax (043) 7073701

· or email [email protected] Closing date is 19 February 2007

6.2 MSc Urban Water Systems, University of Exeter, UK

A new course is being offered by the internationally acclaimed Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter in the UK. The programme provides training in the essentials of water systems technology, in a context that encourages an integrated, systems approach to their implementation. It draws on the experience and cutting edge research capability of Centre staff together with external lecturers from leading companies and government agencies, ensuring delivery of a theoretically sound, yet practically relevant course. It will appeal to engineering and science graduates who wish to enhance their capabilities in urban water design, operation and management, and to engineers working in the water sector who are looking to acquire knowledge, skills and a formal qualification in this area. The MSc can be studied full-time over 12 months & a summer project, or part-time over 24 months. Shorter diploma and certificate courses are also offered. For further details on the course and an application form, please contact [email protected] or

6.3 UNESCO ­ IHE: Researcher/Lecturer in Hydroinformatics and Knowledge Systems

The Hydroinformatics and Knowledge Management Department is exploring ways of improving the development and integration of a range of information and knowledge management facilities to support better-integrated water management. They are looking for a researcher/lecturer for the department. For more information please visit ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The Water Environment Federation's (WEF) Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Friday, January 19, 2007 to approve a resolution to explore the benefits and opportunities of developing a single water association to represent water professionals and resources within North America. Intended to foster discussions with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the resolution was declined by AWWA's Board of Directors the next day. "WEF strongly believes that ensuring one strong voice for water would better serve our members and our communities by strengthening clean water initiatives in protecting public health and the environment," said WEF President Mohamed Dahab. "We are disappointed we have lost this opportunity with AWWA for now, but the Federation is committed to moving forward to partner with water organisations in and outside North America to achieve this vision." (sourced from a WEF E-mail, WISA is a member of WEF) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Editor: Wallace Mayne, Chief Executive


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