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Vaal River at risk - report

2012-07-20 07:31

Johannesburg - The Vaal River system is at "significant risk" due to unlawful water use, acid mine drainage and municipal water losses, Business Day newspaper reported on Friday.

The river supplies water to 60% of the country's economy and 45% of the population.

Water Affairs spokesperson Linda Page said unlawful water use last year was estimated at 244 million cubic metres.

"We know that the biggest culprits are farmers in this area," Page told the daily.

Non-revenue water (water not billed for by municipalities through loss and errors) comprised about 36% of total water use.

To sustain water, SA needed to eradicate unlawful irrigation by 2013 and implement the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water project, the newspaper reported.

Comments
  • horst.muller.7330 - 2012-07-20 07:48

    I presume that 'unlawfully' used water by farmers is for producing food.

      dewalds3 - 2012-07-20 08:09

      Acid mine drainage and municipal losses are fortunately lawful.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-20 08:43

      The farmers are unlawfull - they should hand over their farms to the "Malemas and co.!!! :-(

      mfundo.magwaza.77 - 2012-07-20 09:05

      Farmers are not saints, using water wisely and responsibly is everyones responsibility and if farmers are the biggest culprits, then they must be dealt with, simple as that..No one must do as they please..Besides, the food they produce is so expensive u'd swear our food is being imported..A simple 10kg bag of potatoes costs about R30.00.If you ask me,thats a rip off..

      dewalds3 - 2012-07-20 09:17

      Come on - 'biggest culprits' must be backed up with statistics and numbers, otherwise it is just hate speech against these people..

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-20 08:07

    The mines should have been made to clean the water, level the dumps and rcycle all the pipes and rubbish they leave lying around.

      procold2 - 2012-07-20 08:30

      this is supposed to be done, i heard rehabilition is part of the mining contract but like all else an easy corruptable section of the industry

  • cecilhstephens - 2012-07-20 08:17

    Someone needs to explain what unlawful water use is and also who gives these people claiming Gods given natural resources to us, there,s to further tax us on. The next thing they are going to lay claim on is the oxygen in the Air, what a joke!!! These idiots have also tried to install a water meter on the bore hole on my property that I paid R47,000 to drill after the local Authority refused to supply me with any Services

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-07-20 08:42

    Earth first!! We`ll destroy the other planets later!

      dewalds3 - 2012-07-20 09:21

      Yeah - we eat the fat, the weak and the slow and then we go for the martians!

  • dewalds3 - 2012-07-20 08:59

    What is the total usage and how many cubic metres of water is 36% of that? Without that, this is just an anti-farmer propoganda article. News24 - you can not say anymore that you are not part of this...

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2012-07-20 10:30

    if tax... farms jest need to hold all food production and let the ppl starve and send the price of food up , i dont eat biltong and say i hate ppl that hunt , so dont eet and say its the farms

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-07-20 12:40

    How many times have similar articles appeared over the vaal river and nothing has been done in the last 10 years?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-24 14:30

    The situation will get worse, until an ecological disaster is unavoidable, turning the whole vaal area into a wasteland with unusable poisoned water. This eventuality is around the corner and then the ANC will want to blame Apartheid and the whites once again.

  • frank.thetank.35513 - 2012-10-14 22:57

    mfundo.magwaza.77, you are not paying R30.00 for a bag of potatoes from the Farmer. A Farmer is more than likely getting close to R7.00 for the 10kg of potatoes that is produced. The R23.00 difference goes to Transport costs, Taxes and Profit Margins of the shop where you are buying from to only name a few.

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