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Guateng’s water supply

We are being drowned in so many reports about the countries water crisis that few of us know who to trust. There is much talk as to the future of South Africa’s water supply and at the moment it is all just speculation.

There is however a very valid reason to all this speculation other than human curiosity to be prepared for the worst case scenario. What is the truth about South African water and who can we trust?

Guateng’s water supply is under threat. It is however not critical yet. However there are certain factors that if not dealt with timeously, then there will be dire consequences. The Department of Water Affair recently commented about the need to build a acid mine pump station to treat the polluted ground water before it reaches the surface and the Department has started an educational outreach in the poorer communities around Guateng educating residents about the dangers of acid mine water.

If this along in not a sign of concern by the Department of Water Affairs then I would need someone to explain this to me. Again, this is all still speculation but many of these threats could cause valid  concerns. It would be impossible to say with certainty what will happen five years down the line. Would Guateng become a ghost town if the acid mine water problem was not taken care of?

Read the following article from Times Live and form your own opinion.

“It is incorrect to say that 80 percent of SA’s water will be so polluted that it will not be possible for it to be treated to potable quality and that the Gauteng province will be worst affected, as the Environment Conservation Association (ECA) claims,” spokeswoman Mava Scott said in a statement.

Gauteng had a “world class water system” boosted by water imports from places such as KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho. It was purified to comply with the department’s standards, which were aligned with those of the World Health Organisation.

The department was responding to a media report on Tuesday quoting the ECA as estimating that in five years almost 80 percent of the country’s fresh water would be so badly polluted that no process of purification in the country would be able to make it fit for human or animal consumption.

The department said the claims had no scientific backing. It further had no knowledge of the group having had talks with the government on the issue.

The department’s acting director general Nobubele Ngele said in the statement: “Our planning teams are continuously planning well into the future for all major towns and cities in the country”.

The department called on groups, unions and individuals who wanted to contribute to efforts to protect the country’s water to speak to its officials.

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