Water stress to be investigated

2012-03-07 19:46

Johannesburg - A project aimed at improving understanding of South Africa's water resources will begin in April, the Water Research Commission said on Wednesday.

The Water Resources of South Africa 2012 study would bridge the 10-year gap between the commission's other hydrological surveys, research manager Wandile Nomquphu said in a statement.

This was necessary because South Africa was a "water-stressed country, with accelerated demands, in which rainfall is highly variable with real threats of climate change impacts".

Constantly updated information was needed to assess the quantity and quality of the country's water, and measure climate change.

Certain aspects of water quality and ground water measurements would be included in the survey, which would inform the national water resource strategy.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-03-07 20:00


  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-07 20:36

    About 10 years too late....

  • SaintBruce - 2012-03-07 21:04

    I am astounded that hydrological surveys are conducted more often - we know we are a water critical country. This is plain irresponsible! In 1991 I had a business importing specialised sealants for water systems. The calculations then said we only had enough water to sustain 50 million people! The Minister says we will have problems in 2025 - I think that is most inaccurate - we are already at 50 million people and rainfall has been lower than normal in general! The crisis is NOW. Water waste should be a crime.

      ludlowdj - 2012-03-08 13:25

      Granted, we should not waste what is essentially a critical resource however you totally overlook the fact that we have several aquifer's scattered around the country, one of which holds more water than on the entire surface are of the country. Aside from the fact that the ANC has allowed two to become contaminated with acid mine water, our only true concern will be pumping the water out of the aquifer's and in the case of the contaminated wells purifying the water to usable standards.

  • Rob - 2012-03-08 07:37

    The problem is not too little water.... It is not only poor resource management It is MOSTLY too many people and no plan to stop population growth

  • Anthony - 2012-03-08 08:20

    No money, all gone, stolen, maybe?

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