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Talbot’s Gauteng Laboratory is now open

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Talbot helps mines move towards off-grid water security  

With water-shedding fast becoming a grim South African reality, mines are taking steps to reduce their reliance on the water grid. Talbot specialises in helping large companies, including those in the mining and mineral resources sector, optimise their water resources so that they can protect themselves against the increasing risks of crippling water shortages, failing … Continued

Securing water, industry’s ultimate multi-tasker

OPINION PIECE You’d be hard pressed to think of any industry or production process that doesn’t – in some way – rely on water. Whether we’re talking about electronics, food processing, hospitality, textiles, mining, cosmetics, power production or automotives, each one of these sectors needs water to survive. In the same way that water sustains … Continued

Water activists join hands to highlight dire state of eThekwini Metro’s rivers

WaterCAN and Adopt-a-River wants national government to intervene in Durban pollution crisis. WaterCAN, a water-focused initiative driven by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and Adopt-a-River, a KZN based non-profit organisation working on key waterways, have joined hands on one of Durban’s key river systems. The two groups of water activists have committed to undertake … Continued

Tests find E.Coli levels at Durban beaches acceptable

While levels are at an allowed level at these beaches, samples from the Umgeni River are still at hazardous level With high temperatures being experienced throughout KZN, Durban residents can confidently visit open beaches to cool down as water tested in the past week shows acceptable E.Coli levels. The tests done by Talbot, which offers … Continued

Durban beaches test positive for harmful bacteria

Durban – The effects of this year’s flooding are still being felt, after warnings from the eThekwini Municipality and Talbot – a water treatment service company – stated that beaches along the Durban coastline and some rivers are not safe for use. After the city’s wastewater treatment facility and sanitation infrastructure were damaged during the … Continued

Unsanitary water conditions remain a major concern

The issue about whether waters in and around Durban are safe for recreational use has, for the past few months, remained a controversial topic. Unsanitary water conditions remain a major concern  

eThekwini Beach & River Testing

On the 27th oh January 2022, Talbot partnered with NGO Adopt a river Eco Solution to raise awareness around the water quality of eThekwini beaches and rivers. Weekly sampling was done at various points and the test results made public. We have seen the growing interest from the public as we continue to ensure that … Continued


Sustainable water and wastewater specialist Talbot is in the final stages of commissioning a water treatment plant that will enable one of its clients in the gold sector to take a step towards water independence while significantly reducing its expenditure on municipal supplies. It will do this by recovering water pumped from underground workings that … Continued


Digital water optimisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are bringing about a shift in the way forward-thinking organisations are building their resilience against water scarcity, routine supply disruptions and climbing costs.   An essential move considering that the World Economic Forum, in its latest Global Risk Report, lists water as one of the top … Continued

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The new normal will endure – and why that’s a good thing

The highs lows, twists and turns of the coronacoaster have affected everyone. Everywhere. But not necessarily all in a bad way. For Talbot, it’s meant a massive shift in the way we do things and it’s unlikely that we’ll go back to normal. Because – basically – why would we want to? Winston Churchill is … Continued


STEAM BOILERS FOR BIOGAS UTILISATION Talbot’s Vertical Water Tube Boiler Range, developed by partner, East Coast Steam is engineered to provide a long service life with minimal maintenance and is highly suited to maximise the utilisation of biogas.   HIGHLIGHTS Dedicated biogas boiler installation to maximise fuel savings. Suitable for installation on anaerobic digesters from … Continued


Presenting the Eco Digester, a quick to install, skid mounted anaerobic granular sludge digester specifically developed for smaller wastewater producers with COD loads up to 5 000 kg/day. THE ECO DIGESTER Developed by Talbot & Talbot’s AD partner, Econvert, one of Europe’s leading technology providers, will help to: Effectively manage your effluent Improve environmental compliance … Continued

Is your drinking water safe?

Reduced drinking water quality can cause immediate and/or long-term harm to human health. To prevent such impacts, the World Health Organisation developed Water Quality Guidelines. In South Africa, these formed the basis of National Standards No. 241, as published by our Bureau of Standards and revised most recently in 2015.   SANS 241:2015 is referenced … Continued


Talbot & Talbot has invested nearly R10 million over the last 18 months into developing its new state-of-the-art Organics Laboratory. The Laboratory is set to open up new services and capabilities in the waste, contaminated land and water sectors. Micole Martens, operations manager: Laboratories, Talbot & Talbot, discusses the company’s new venture. Could you give … Continued


On average industry discharges between 60% and 80% of the water they intake as wastewater. A costly exercise as this wastewater not only has to be offset by further intake of water into the system but the external treatment and disposal of this resultant wastewater stream holds a significant charge. When considering the price of … Continued

Strategic Wastewater Management in the Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry, like many others, makes use of a substantial amount of water during the manufacturing process.  It is estimated that an average of 3.5 – 5 litres of water is used per litre of  beverage production. Municipal water quality and availability is not guaranteed. For many operations the risk of water … Continued

Water scarcity implications and actions

We are heading deeper into a global water crisis. For over 633 million people, opening a tap and having access to safe potable water, is a luxury far beyond their reach, whilst the demand for water is estimated to increase by 50% by 2030. South Africa is experiencing one of the most severe water scarcity … Continued


As in many other industries, waste is generated at various stages during processing and manufacture in the food and beverage industry. Whilst improved efficiencies are continuously chased to reduce wastage and cost, significant opportunities are often missed along the way. An increased focus is being placed on the need to extract value from waste as … Continued

An Ecosystem Approach to Strategic Industrial Water Management

It is a glaring reality that water scarcity is a growing risk to business across Africa. Industrial water use accounts for approximately 11% of total water usage in South Africa.  It has been projected that in rapidly industrialising countries, industrial water usage could increase five times over the next 10 to 20 years.  How current … Continued

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Environmental compliance testing offers

Water SANS 241 Water testing for domestic consumption Recreational water use and water quality Dialysis water quality Bottled and Packaged Water Annual treated and packaged water monitoring, BP-RQ-183 & 184 1657 Bottled Water for Domestic Consumption GNR718 Bottle Labeling Requirements, Packaged Water Marine Benthic surveys Agricultural Livestock watering quality Poultry watering quality Irrigation water quality … Continued

Design and build of a wastewater treatment plant for one of Nigeria’s fastest growing brewers

Talbot & Talbot recently completed a wastewater treatment plant installation just outside of Lagos, Nigeria for a global brewing company. The brewery is a Greenfields project and Talbot & Talbot provided the wastewater treatment plant on a turnkey basis.  Built under challenging conditions and in a country known for its high-risk profile, not only was … Continued

Successful operation of a wastewater treatment plant resulting in significant savings

Increasing pressure on water resources is leading to a global rise in supply-risk and cost of total water management.  At Talbot & Talbot we help our clients to understand and mitigate their water risk, effect water-related savings and enhance business sustainability through the analysis and assessment of their water use to the design, implementation, construction … Continued


Personal takeaways from a most successful NICOLA 2019 Conference

By Nick Hart  – Business Performance and Optimisation Manger, Talbot   Last week #NICOLA – the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land – enjoyed its 5th annual two-day sustainable remediation conference at Krystal Beach Hotel in Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town. Specialists (and commercial competitors) from local and international industry, consulting, analytical services, as well Dr Tshitangoni … Continued

Talbot promotes the art of water in the fourth industrial revolution

Talbot, a South African provider of sustainable water and wastewater solutions, marked its 30th anniversary in 2019 by staging two seminars to update current and potential clients on the water risks facing South African business and opportunities to manage them utilising industry 4.0 technology. Held in Johannesburg and Durban on 7 and 10 October, the … Continued

Talbot & Talbot launches state-of-the-art Organics Laboratory in Pietermaritzburg

On September 6th, Talbot & Talbot MD, Carl Haycock welcomed VIP guests to the official launch and naming of its highly anticipated, state-of-the-art Organics Laboratory.  This expansion is in line with strategic plans for Talbot Laboratories, a subsidiary of Talbot & Talbot, to grow its in-house client service portfolio.  As unveiled, the Dr Bernard Talbot … Continued

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