14 October 2018

South Africa: The Groundwater Debate Has to Be Science-Based


Groundwater has been proven over and over to be a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective source of water - when managed responsibly.

On 30 September 2018 we reached the end of the 2017 / 2018 hydrogeological year and now know where we stand before the onset of the next rainy season. We have made it through four years of below average rainfall - yes, the past hydrological year yielded 85% of our average rainfall. Dam levels are sitting at a relatively prosperous 76% and we can face the dry summer with some confidence. However, we should not forget that there is still much recovery to be made - particularly in the agricultural sector.

A series of recent reports have warned of the dangers of using groundwater and the environmental impact thereof. Such articles have appeared regularly since the onset of the drought, but never quote anyone with hydrogeological expertise or experience. It is always botanists, ecologist or somebody presented as a water expert - whatever that may be. I regularly get asked about the validity of these claims - with the most recent article...

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