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Water shedding: 'Budgets must be reviewed at a political level'

SA faces the possibility of wide-spread water shedding if money isn’t allocated to maintain infrastructure.

FILE. Two civil engineers from consulting firm Gibb on Friday spoke about the water problems facing the country and offered some solutions. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - There are fresh calls for more money to be allocated into maintaining water infrastructure around South Africa as the country faces the possibility of wide-spread water shedding.

Two civil engineers from consulting firm Gibb on Friday spoke about the water problems facing the country and offered some solutions.

These include new public-private partnerships, more awareness about water conservation and new ideas about the way water is cleaned and used.

Wiero Vogelzang said water-shedding is a reality South Africa will have to face and budgets must be reviewed at a political level.

"As a politician, from that point of view, if they believe there's a great need then they can make it happen."

He said a water crisis creeps up on a nation and hits smaller towns first, spreading into more urban areas.

The civil engineers said efforts to prevent water-shedding face a 'conundrum' in that the small towns that are under the greatest threat often can't afford or attract quality engineers.

As a land with scarce water reserves, South Africa is also battling poor maintenance of infrastructure and a constant rise in demand for clean water.

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