Molewa: SA won't run out of water
Despite concerns about SA's future water supply, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa insists everyone will have enough. Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Follow the Mail & Guardian's coverage as we keep tabs on South Africa's crumbling water infrastructure.
Several scenarios have said by 2030 the demand for water in South Africa will outstrip supply by 15%. But Molewa insisted “we will not run out of water”.
It is doable and we must work hard to get there,” she said. The strategy has several short- and long-term strategies to averting a nationwide water shortage.
The biggest is by building things. South Africa is a world leader at this – virtually all the water in Gauteng comes from somewhere else along tunnels.
For the coastal cities there is desalination – taking the salt out of water to make it potable. This is the most expensive way to get water, around five times more than water from a pump and treatment plant.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian