How long will water run clear?

2015-11-11 06:00
THE University of the Free State recently hosted a symposium aimed at addressing water issues in South Africa.

THE University of the Free State recently hosted a symposium aimed at addressing water issues in South Africa.

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THE quality of tap water, hormones in rivers and the impact of personal care products on water masses in the country were some of the issues under discussion during a recent water symposium.

This year, researchers from five countries came together for the African Water Symposium.

It was held in conjunction with the sixth Orange River Basin Symposium.

The aim was to talk about water and water management issues and to present research findings.

The symposium was held on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).

Some of the research presentations addressed water management, as well as the fact that data and research are extremely important to enable government agencies to implement effective strategies.

The number of oestrogens ending up in rivers and impacting negatively on aquatic animals, as well as the impact of personal care products (soap, shampoo and hand cream) on water resources in South Africa, were some of the issues under discussion.

Dr Falko Buschke, lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Management at the UFS, said the symposium had brought together everybody in the water research industry.

“The symposium highlighted how scarce clean water is becoming in parts of Africa.

“We hope that the symposium provided clarity on water issues and the implementation of plans to manage water effectively.”

A further aim is to connect the theory to everyday life.

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