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.
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.