Water warning

2008-04-03 00:00

It is clear from the prognostications of experts that this country must do all that it can to avoid a crisis in regard to water supply similar to what it is now experiencing in respect of electricity. This warning was given at a recent consultation in Durban under the auspices of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Various strategies must be put in place in good time both to enhance the supply of water — for example, by increasing the capacity of existing dams — and to limit demand. Water conservation management is a key to both these strategies. This will need to be accompanied by a far-reaching and sensitively presented programme to enlighten and educate the public.

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