Gauteng and NW Province

New strategy aims to curb water shortages

Monday 27 August 2012

Government says while there are huge water shortages in the country, the new national water resource strategy will go a long way to address the needs of the economy and communities.

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has briefed the media in Pretoria on the content of the 200 page draft document. A recent research study has revealed that by 2050 South Africa would experience a critical water shortage and could run dry if innovative programmes are not put in place.

The five year strategy provides a framework for the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources. Molewa says there is a lot of focus on water management by municipalities as well as restructuring the usage of water by sectors such as mining and agriculture.

“We haven’t really tapped into our potential that is to re-use, recycle water – especially through the industries. Usage of greywater, not purifying it first, spending money on it and reusing it again after purifying it, whereas infact you can use it differently,” says Molewa.

Molewa says while a hike in water tarriffs are on the cards, it could be insignificant if the measures contained in the strategy are successfully implemented

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