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Re: KTP Water: Who drinks it, who doesn't?

Unread postby arks » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:56 pm

mattjh74 wrote:I have had the a few of the same worries about food and equipment to take to the park. I have just emailed Adele at Skaapland and she said you can pre order meat to pick up when you arrive in Upington, they will even vacuum pack and freeze the meat if you prefer. The email is skaapland@gem.co.za

Thanks for this most helpful information, mattjh74. I have filed it away for future reference

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Re: KTP Water: Who drinks it, who doesn't?

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:15 am

Rain !!
The webcam shows fresh water at Nossob !
Imagine standing there and drinking rainwater from a container while it rains after oppressive heat .
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Re: Kgalagadi : Use of water for human consumption

Unread postby annapangolin » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:32 pm

Back from my trip and it was awesome! With three of us and a very small car, water was a big concern all the way through the trip.

We ran out of water midway during our Nossob stay, with more than a week left to go, and a few days before we'd meet Pam.

Always used Nossob water for cooking and it wasn't bad for that at all. I did try to drink it on its own, but it couldn't be done! Even with juice mixed into it.

But then, we bought some bottled water and I realized how much I DO NOT like bottled water. Luckily, we met up with Pam a couple of days later and she saved us from Valpre, with much Cape Town water. Thank you Pam! When that ran out, I started to drink Mata Mata water and found it to be great! Not just a little okay, but completely fantastic. We re-filled our bottles with Mata Mata water and even the pickiest among us (who even refused to drink the Cape Town tap water) drank it happily.

As of December though, there will be no need to worry about water. The filtration systems are complete now and will be up and running in a matter of weeks.

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Re: Kgalagadi : Use of water for human consumption

Unread postby annapangolin » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:23 pm

No more need to bring up any water.

Made friends with the contractors working on the system and also spoke to the manager about it. Building work has been pretty much completed. Many sinks now have a dedicated drinking water tap (which doesn't work yet). Not only will this help us all so much, but it'll be a huge benefit to the park's staff, many of whom bring water up from Upington. VERY worthwhile project.

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Re: Kgalagadi : Use of water for human consumption

Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:06 pm

Is this water upgrade for all camps or just for the main camps?
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Re: Kgalagadi : Use of water for human consumption

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:02 am

I have just seen the filtration news now!
Having drinking water 'on tap' is great BUT - we have always known that water is a scarce resource, especially in KTP! People now drinking water will put more pressure on this scarce resource! And what will happen to the brine(the concentrated salty residue) left after filtration? And filtration is a high energy(electricity) consuming process!

I do feel that we are very privileged to be in the animals' domain and as a result , we should try to minimise our impact on the park. If animals will go thirsty at certain times of the year now, I will rather continue to carry water from my home, than drink water in the park. I hope also that notices will be prominantly displayed (above all taps?) reminding people of how scarce a resource water is. If you have to carry your own water into the park, you are continually reminded of this!

The one advantage(apart from convenience) will be that people will not be carrying bottled water into the park, hence less plastic bottles!

Unfortunately I do realize the concerns raised are after the fact , as the project is nearing completion. I sincerely hope that all advantages and disadvantages of this project were carefully taken into consideration before the decision was made for implementation, especially since the prime function of Sanparks is conservation, with tourism being a secondary but important one.
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Re: Kgalagadi : Use of water for human consumption

Unread postby annapangolin » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:43 am

Having spoken to various people involved, I can promise that the decision was carefully considered and not taken lightly. There are definitely disadvantages, but we need to remember the people who live in KTP year-round and haven't got fresh water. It can't be easy and this will change a lot of lives.

They were also very careful in the construction of the project, making sure not keep environmental impact to an absolute minimum.

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Update on filtered drinking water in the camps?

Unread postby jefnic17 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:40 pm

Hello All

My name is Jeff from Canada and it's my first post here.
This is the most amazing forum, so much to read and learn...your photos/stories are incredible...Kgalagadi is the most amazing special place on this earth...been lots of times, coming back in January.
I've searched for recent posts on the new filtered drinking water in the camps...would like to know if we should bring our own drinking water as we always have?

thank you and enjoy

sincerely

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Re: Update on filtered drinking water in the camps?

Unread postby Dotty » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:19 pm

update from KTP guru......
We are still waiting for reports from the guys working on the purifiers. The construction lines only open on 11 Jan again, so hopefully we’ll have some idea by then
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Re: Update on filtered drinking water in the camps?

Unread postby jefnic17 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:10 pm

Hi Dotty & CuriousCanadian

Thank you for your replies, nice to be here and to meet you.
I did write to the Park and got this reply:


Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your email. The project is in the final stages in that the plants are commissioned and being tested. I would still as a precaution allow for potable water.

Kind regards, and hope to welcome you soon to the wonderful Kgalagadi.

DUPEL ERASMUS

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Re: Update on filtered drinking water in the camps?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:39 pm

Take your own. We always do. You can pick it up in Upington, the water is ok there.

Next time I go, I will take my own and test the water there. If it is foul, I will ask Dupel to drink it.
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Water in KTP

Unread postby Bekke » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:55 pm

We usually take a can or 2 of water with us to KTP, but I have heard some rumours that Sanparks are planning to include a daily quota of filtered water for visitors to the park. What happened to this rumour?

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Re: Water in KTP

Unread postby Dreamer » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:15 pm

Hi Bekke
It's no rumour. What has actually happened is that water filters have been added to the units. I know this has taken place at TR, Nossob and I also saw one in the ladies rooms at the Mata Mata filling station.
I assume that these will probably be placed in all the camps, but that I can't speak for as I have not seen them. I'm sure it's a slow process. When they will be connected I don't know.
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Re: Water in KTP

Unread postby Dreamer » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:50 pm

Just so there is no misunderstanding. I did not say these filters are connected, they are just fitted, so taking your own drinking water is still essential
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Re: Water in KTP

Unread postby GavinW » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:30 pm

Even with the filters in place I would still take your own water.

We are taking 90l between two of us for 15 nights (That's 3l per person per day) But most of it is for Wannabe Nerd. (I prefer the brown fizzy stuff! ).
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