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Vaal water unusable in five years

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 25 November 2010

The acidic mine water that has been running into the Vaal River Barrage is salinising the whole system down from the Vaal Dam to such an extent that it will be unusable within four to five years, claims a government report.

Acid mine water running into the Vaal will make the water unusable within 5 years

Ways to make the pollution less concentrated by regularly letting water out of the Vaal Dam are now being considered, the report states.

According to experts, this could however lead to a big shortage of drinking water in Gauteng.

That is why the cost of purifying the acidic mine water is being investigated to supplement the water in the Barrage.

The report, Integrated water quality management for the Vaal River System, was compiled by the Department of Water Affairs along with Eskom, Sasol, Rand Water, AgriSA, the Department of Agriculture and the Chamber of Mines.

It is the first time that the report has been made public.

The report clearly states that South African taxpayers will have to carry the burden of the “profitable” gold mining industry of the past for the rest of their lives.

Taxpayers will initially have to pay R3.4m to build a plant to catch 120 years of acidic mine water on the Witwatersrand.

By: Elise Tempelhoff
Source: News24

1 comment to Vaal water unusable in five years

  • hemen parekh

    Rivers will run dry !

    In mid-March, 2012, TV channels in India showed river Brahmaputra’s bed devoid of a drop of water !
    Most likely reason ?
    Upstream country China diverting the waters from reaching state of Arunachal Pradesh in India
    And according to National Intelligence Estimate on Water Security ( a US intelligence agency report ), this scenario is likely to repeat in :

     Egypt / Sudan / Southern nations ( River Nile )

     Iraq / Middle East ( Rivers Tigris and Euphrates )

     China / South-East Asia ( River Mekong )

     Israel / Palestine ( River Jordan )

     India / South Asia ( Rivers Brahmaputra and Indus )

     Central Asia ( River Amu Darya )

    The report goes on to say :

    “ Beyond 2022, the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely , particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa “

    “ Upstream nations – more powerful than their downstream neighbors due to geography – will limit access to water for political reasons “

    Of course , this does not worry the Members of Indian Parliament who can easily afford to import ( no doubt , without paying customs duty ), bottled water from Danube / Mississippi , for taking shower !

    With regards

    hemen parekh

    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

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