Water crisis looming in South Africa

APRIL 25, 2015

Water experts have warned that South Africa may be facing sharp price increases and interrupted supplies in the next 10 years - similar to the current electricity crisis.

Deputy Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal, Michael Singh, told a gathering of Durban industry representatives that water conservation is a more cost-effective way of dealing with the problem than building new dams and desalinating sea water.

Singh said; "Water that we need within our systems is way past due. We've been getting away with this for the last 3.4 years because of very good rainfall.

"This year we don't have such grand rainfall and already we are facing massive restrictions. Many of the dams have gone on to 30, 40% fortunately many of them have started to recover."