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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

Talbot helps agro-processors deal with wastewater legacy issues

South African water and wastewater solutions company Talbot is helping companies in the agro-processing sector to put a new face on decades old passive biological wastewater treatment systems to help them achieve environmental compliance without having to invest significant capital in the construction of new facilities. “These dams, also referred to as anaerobic lagoons, are … Continued

Data mining: the way forward in mine water optimisation

Talbot is helping mining companies enhance the sustainable management of their water resources through the implementation of big data analytics and internet of things (IOT) technologies that can reduce their consumption, increase water reuse and improve environmental compliance across various aspects of the value chain. These smart solutions can be applied to optimise water use … Continued

Talbot weighs in on the water integrity challenge

South Africa lost R4 billion to irregular expenditure in the water sector between 2014 and 2018 alone. This is according to a report published earlier this year by the Berlin-based Water Integrity Network, an NGO that fights corruption in water sectors worldwide. Carl Haycock – CEO of South African-based water and wastewater solutions company Talbot … Continued


South African sustainable water solutions company Talbot has partnered with a leading European specialist in energy optimisation to help water intensive industries optimise their processes by adopting data-centric technologies and taking on board the lessons learned during the global energy crunch. Rising population growth, urbanisation, pollution and the growing effects of climate change are putting … Continued

Talbot helps mines harness underground water with lease-to-own purification plants

Sustainable water and wastewater solutions company Talbot is delivering high-tech water purification plants which enable large gold, platinum and other mining clients to make use of mine water to reduce municipal water consumption and associated bills. Projects are offered on a turnkey basis over a 36 to 120-month lease-to-own arrangement, treating upwards of 4 million … Continued

Talbot Analytics helps water users make smart data-driven decisions

A digital, cloud-based water management application developed by South African consultancy Talbot, in conjunction with Microsoft, will enable big water users to access and interpret big data in real-time, anywhere in the world 2 June 2020 / Africa & Middle East, Developing economies, Global Talbot, the 180-strong South African-based water and wastewater solutions specialist, is launching … Continued

Helping companies generate value from their waste water

Vibrating Sheer Enhanced Process (VSEP) technology supplied by leading South African sustainable water and energy solutions provider Talbot is an attractive proposition for industries that have the opportunity to reclaim large volumes of valuable raw material lost in their effluent streams. Talbot can simultaneously treat the poorest quality water to produce both a clean water … Continued

Talbot delivers two sustainable water projects for major citrus processor

One of the country’s largest citrus and fruit processors has partnered with sustainable water and energy solutions provider Talbot to effectively manage wastewater at two of its fruit processing facilities. The first plant was installed and commissioned in 2019 and employs dissolved air flotation (DAF) technology as a cost-effective way of removing suspended matter from … 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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