Gauteng and NW Province

Climate change and ground water

The European Commission (EC) awarded the “Best of the Best Life Environment project 2012? to the TRUST (Tool for regional – scale assessment of groundwater storage improvement in adaptation to climate change) project.

The TRUST project set out to incorporate climate change into river basin management, and identify adaptation measures based on artificial aquifer recharge to mitigate the impacts of drought and water scarcity. CMCC was involved in climate modelling, by creating scenarios for the 20th and 21st century and also collaborated for the evaluation of climate change impacts on ground water, by using the analysis of Regional Risk.

The degradation of ground water, in terms of both quantity and quality, is a common problem in many parts of Europe and around the world and is exacerbated by climate change.
The major causes of the problem of groundwater degradation (i.e. drought and water scarcity, salinity, pollution, etc) are still unsustainable use of resources and inappropriate land use policies, added to the impact of climate change.

We cannot just keep drawing from our groundwater supplies. It’s like withdrawing from a bank and never making a deposit. The recycling of grey water is a very necessary step towards saving water. South Africa is a water stressed country, we don’t have a choice anymore.The beauty about Water Rhapsody’s product is that you don’t have to change your lifestyle by re-using water. In fact it is quite the opposite; you save money and water without having to change your lifestyle!

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