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Variable Climate Presents Challenges

Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream.

A more variable climate is creating the challenges of ensuring adequate water supply in dry areas and dealing with higher rainfall in wet areas.

Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Engineering News that water variability in dry areas has started to affect the amount of water that municipalities and other users can abstract from sources like dams, rivers and boreholes.

"This will become particularly severe for users in dry inland areas, including the Northern Cape and Limpopo. Careful planning needs to start now to identify the most sustainable sources and control usage through ongoing conservation measures," he warns.

Author: Peter Shepherd | Partner | Principal Hydrologist


SRK Africa