Understanding South African water

A project aimed at improving understanding of South Africa’s water resources will begin in April,the Water Research Commission said on Wednesday.

The Water Resources of South Africa 2012 study would bridge the 10-year gap between the commission’s other hydrological surveys,research manager Wandile Nomquphu said in a statement.

This was necessary because South Africa was a “water-stressed country,with accelerated demands,in which rainfall is highly variable with real threats of climate change impacts”.

Constantly updated information was needed to assess the quantity and quality of the country’s water,and measure climate change.

Certain aspects of water quality and ground water measurements would be included in the survey,which would inform the national water resource strategy.

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