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Water not a crisis in SA: Water Affairs official

South Africa does not have a water crisis because the country still has many options, a senior official said on Tuesday.

“These options must be realised as potential options,” said planning and information manager at the water affairs department, Fred van Zyl.

“To make it happen requires effort, money and smartness.”

Van Zyl was speaking at a water resource strategy workshop in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

He said the department’s draft national water resource strategy (NWRS) would be available next month. It would be finalised next year as the country’s water plan for the next five years.

Van Zyl said a re-think about the NWRS was important, or there would not be enough water for everyone.

“If we don’t do it now, we are not going to do it in time.”

He said economic issues would play a role and it was vital to invest in water.

Source: Times live

South Africa does not have a water crisis yet. That is true. However much needs to be done to prevent our country from finding itself in a crisis.

There are many issues that need to be addressed to prevent a water crisis. These include resolving acid mine drainage, investing in large scale desalination plants and water recycling systems as well as repairing or replacing old and outdated infrastructure. This is a matter of urgency.

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