October 15 2012
South Africa has seen a steep decline in investment in water data collection, the Water Research Committee (WRC) said.
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 reason for the decline in weather stations.
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. – Sapa
On no, another department that’s being neglected! Water isn’t something we can ‘fix’ as and when it suits us like all the potholes in our roads! Polluted water affects your health; no water means no life. Please conserve water. At least you CAN do this without the help of the municipalities. Rainwater is free. Harvest it and use it in your entire house. By doing that you are guaranteed water during the rainy season. By storing back-up water in water tanks you are guaranteed peace of mind for those water outage days or even worse; ‘unsafe for consumption’ possibilities.