Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
24 November 2009
At the recent Cape Town water indaba (23 Nov 2009) Water and Environment Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica highlighted a huge concern over water conservation resulting primarily from climate change leading to reduced rainfall. “I am acutely aware of the increase in drought in provinces as well as unusual rainfall patterns as if it is winter again”.
She said that moving forward a water monitoring system will be implemented in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga to provide first hand information on the quantity and quality of water in our catchments. Action has already been taken against a number of illegal water users across South Africa and with a strengthening of regulatory focus “I must warn everyone that we are not going to stand by and observe individuals and institutions pollute our rivers and in some cases “steal” the limited water resources we have”.
An area raised for concern was the lack of water conservation through use of sprinklers, and a need to promote the use of recycled water for gardening, swimming pools and golf estates.