Research on water declining - committee

2012-10-15 22:19

Johannesburg - South Africa has seen a steep decline in investment in water data collection, the Water Research Committee (WRC) said on Monday.

It was now trying to set up a task team with the hydrological sciences department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to probe the issue.

UKZN hydrology professor Graham Jewitt said all data collection agencies were reporting a decline in their gauging networks as a result of budgetary cuts and staffing problems.

"The fact that payment is now required to access some national data collection networks also affects hydrological science efforts," he said.

The high price of maintenance was also identified as a problem.

Data collection agencies had described the problem as critical.

Jewitt highlighted the importance of maintaining a good data collection system.

"It will be practically impossible to manage the country's water resources if there are no data collection efforts of long-term, continuous data sets to inform water resource management [of necessary] interventions," he said.

  • johleneh - 2012-10-16 07:54

    It will be practically impossible to find clean water soon...

      art5SA - 2012-10-16 09:31

      I believe the Premier of Gauteng has ordered the ACID MINE WATER that is about to FLOOD Johannesburg, has to be pumped INTO THE VAAL RIVER .... .UNTREATED!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that?

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-16 10:10

      Wonder if they know that contaminated water will affect their beer and alcohol.

  • alex.degroot.370 - 2012-10-16 08:05

    I know the Tshwane University of Technology offers a degree programme in Water Care or Water Technology. Seems like a sure bet if you want to find a job one day!

  • heather.setzen - 2012-10-16 09:10

    But University of Johannesburg kicked out the best water programme there is from Ben Gurion University!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Politics outshines the needs of the people!

  • art5SA - 2012-10-16 09:29

    WATER... the next BIG THING the ANC BIGWIGS will PLUNDER to their OWN PERSONAL BENIFIT!!! Same as SAA, ESKOM, etc etc... WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!!

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-16 10:08

    They claim they have studied for about 27 years in jail. Just what the hell have they studied? You get more sense from a camels butt. Just comes to show common sense and wisdom over rides all else,,, you've got it or you don,t.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-16 16:05

    As the standards of water purification and the decline in fresh water supplies drop government will find more ways to discourage investigation and testing of our water

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