Water: Billions needed

2008-12-29 00:00

The cost of maintaining South Africa’s ageing water system infrastructure is expected to run into billions of rands and needs urgent attention to avoid water systems collapsing.

The warning has come from Lehasa Moloi, chief director for national water resources infrastructure in DWAF.

Speaking at the Water Summit held in KZN at the beginning of December, Moloi said much of the country’s water system infrastructure was built in the ’70s and ’80s and was reaching the end of its lifespan.

He added that the government is mindful of the problem, setting aside funds for refurbishment, but that it is also doing feasibility studies of other sources of water — recycling, desalinisation and exploiting ground water.

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