While in the grips of a severe drought affecting the Western Cape and while recovering from droughts in the Free State and Gauteng province, the South African government has looked at buffing-up its water security with the help of international agencies and governments.
This comes as part of the 6th International Hydrology Programme (IHP) African National Committees Meeting in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
The meeting presented an opportunity for delegates to put their heads together and identify plausible and feasible mechanisms to manage water security in the country and continent alike.
“These mechanisms will ensure that all the countries represented here today manage their water resources and also educate all water users about their role”, said Water and Sanitation Deputy Director General Deborah Mochotlhi.
“Hydrologists play a critical role in the water sector, as they measure the properties of bodies of water, such as water quality and stream flow, and they also analyse data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought and other problems,” Mochotlhi added.
These efforts come at crucial period for global water resource management, as seasonal droughts have begun to affect not only South Africa, but are increasingly impacting on parts of Southern Europe.
Locally, the Western Cape provincial government has looked at emergency supply plans which it says are progressing nicely.