NEWS

Packer Testing Webinar

Kevin de Bruin, Umvoto’s Junior Hydrogeologist, attended the Midwest Geosciences Group webinar titled “Packer Testing: Step-wise Techniques and New Technologies for Hydrogeologic Projects” in early March. This informative webinar will aid us in the effective re-analysis of packer tests that were initially carried out on the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) during the Exploratory Phase […]

Upcoming webinar: “TDI Training Webinar Series – Monitoring to Manage Groundwater Resources” presented by Umvoto Africa

Umvoto Africa will be hosting one of the Dewatering Institute’s Training Webinars this week, March 24, 2021 @ 16:00 (SAST) to March 24, 2021 @ 17:30 (SAST). The training webinar “Monitoring to Manage Groundwater Resources” will use case studies to outline the importance of groundwater monitoring and the various techniques used to implement this practice. […]

New Intern Hydrogeologist

Umvoto welcomes a new Intern Hydrogeologist! Denim-Reece Southgate is an Honours graduate in Environmental and Geographical Sciences with a focus on water quality, environmental law, and policies regarding climate change. He holds an Undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Economics, Environmental Science and Geology and graduated with distinction. During his studies, […]

Groundwater monitoring of the Cape Flats Aquifer

Quarterly groundwater monitoring of the Cape Flats Aquifer (CFA) is undertaken by Umvoto Africa geologists and hydrogeologists to build up a baseline prior to any large-scale abstraction and managed aquifer recharge (MAR). Wellfields are spread across the CFA targeting the thickest portion of the aquifer within the paleochannel (old river channel). Some wellfields are located […]

Umvoto aligns with the United Nations’ Global Compact SDG Ambition Accelerator

The UN Global Compact is “the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative – a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals”. These align with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of which there are 17. Umvoto signed up […]

The World Water Quality Alliance Africa Use Cases

Umvoto Africa facilitated the transdisciplinary engagement between the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) and in-country partners as part of the Africa Use Case project, on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme. The study areas were the Cape Town Main Aquifer Systems (South Africa), Lake Victoria transboundary lake (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) and the Volta Transboundary […]

Water Research Commission (WRC) Big Data Project

Umvoto Africa took part in the WRC initiative called “Big Data Analytics and Transboundary Water Collaboration in Southern Africa”. This initiative combined specialists from various institutions and organisations to collaborate assessing how the consolidation of national and transboundary data and application of big data tools may enhance decision-making of water resources in Southern Africa, specifically […]

Contamination and Remediation

Umvoto Africa monitors the water quality as part of the City of Cape Town New Water Programme, with a focus on surface water and groundwater quality. This includes the development of monitoring plans, laboratory oversight, data analysis and interpretation. Umvoto Africa has sampled groundwater for assessment of suitability for potable supply, as well as surface […]

Air Quality Surveillance and Geothermal Risk Mitigation

Umvoto Africa constructed, installed, manages and monitors air quality sensors via a fully automated GPRS-linked weather station for the Tulu Moye Geothermal Power Plant in central Ethiopia. While several noxious gases (nitric oxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone) are monitored, hydrogen sulphide is especially important for the geothermal plant and strict adherence to World […]

Various Private/Public Client Groundwater Assessment/Development Projects

Umvoto Africa has undertaken numerous smaller groundwater assessment (including desktop studies, hydrocensus, geophysics and borehole siting) and groundwater development (including drilling, testing, hydrochemical sampling and analysis, yield analysis and water use licence application) work for various private and public clients. These include: Residential estates e.g. Faircape Group (Tokai Estate, Onrus Manor, Noordhoek Manor), Klein Slangkop […]

City of Cape Town New Water Programme

Table Mountain Group Aquifers Umvoto Africa has been the groundwater consultant for the City of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer Feasibility Study and Pilot Project since 2002, where groundwater exploration has been undertaken at various target sites from Steenbras Dam northwards to Wemmershoek Dam. Groundwater development and wellfield implementation has been initiated at […]

Overstrand Local Municipality Groundwater Management

Hermanus Umvoto Africa was appointed by Overstrand Local Municipality (LM) in 2001 to proceed with a groundwater investigation and exploration to augment the water supply to the growing town of Hermanus. After completing the drilling and testing programme at Gateway Wellfield and the surrounding area in the mid-2000s, with groundwater abstraction being initiated from the […]

Central Malawi Water Strategy

In 2019 Umvoto Africa were appointed to develop a water strategy for a private client for Central Malawi. The strategy aimed to decrease uncertainty in available data and identify feasible surface water and groundwater options for development and small holder water supply. Applying an integrated and transdisciplinary approach between GIS, remote sensing, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, […]

Eritrea National Groundwater Assessment

Umvoto Africa are currently appointed to undertake groundwater assessment, aquifer mapping and wellfield development for the State of Eritrea. In partnership with WSP, IGS (Botswana) and GREDCO (Eritrea) the project aims to identify regional groundwater targets on Zoba (provincial) scale though GIS and remote sensing techniques. Further phases are geared to support these findings through […]

Oudsthoorn Groundwater Project

Umvoto Africa was appointed in 2000 to undertake a project on the Deep Artesian Groundwater Exploration for Oudtshoorn Supply (DAGEOS), now known as the Oudtshoorn Groundwater Project (OGP). Drilling of initial exploration and production boreholes targeting the Peninsula Aquifer of the Table Mountain Group within the Blossoms and Mistkraal Wellfields was completed in 2015 and […]

All Towns Southern Reconciliation Strategies and Support to the WCWSS Reconciliation Strategy

Umvoto Africa was the lead consultant for the Department of Water and Sanitation’s National Water Resource Planning Directorate on the development and subsequent support to the implementation and maintenance of Reconciliation Strategies for all Towns in the Southern Planning Region. This undertaking required the projection of domestic water demand, available water supply, associated intervention options […]

Danakil Potash Project Groundwater Exploration

Umvoto Africa was contracted by Circum Minerals from 2013 to 2016 to undertake the water resource assessment for the Danakil Potash Project in the Danakil Depression, North Eastern Ethiopia (the hottest inhabited place on Earth, with annual average temperatures in the range of 36-37 degrees Celsius). This involved groundwater assessment and development including desktop studies, […]

Overstrand Municipality

Hermanus Umvoto Africa was appointed by Overstrand Local Municipality (LM) in 2001 to proceed with a groundwater investigation and exploration to augment the water supply to the growing town of Hermanus.  After completing the drilling and testing programme at Gateway Wellfield and the surrounding area in the mid-2000s, with groundwater abstraction being initiated from the […]

City of Cape Town

TMG – Table Mountain Group Umvoto Africa has been the groundwater consultant for the City of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer Feasibility Study and Pilot Project since 2002, where groundwater exploration has been undertaken at various target sites from Steenbras Dam northwards to Voëlvlei Dam. Groundwater development and wellfield implementation has been initiated […]