PPPs can bring heads together to solve both water shortages and floods

Author(s): 
Service magazine
Date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018
First presented: 
Service Magazine
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Water Management

As South Africa’s rapid urbanisation places a growing burden on municipalities, both to supply enough treated water in dry seasons and to control run-off in wet seasons, public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be vital in finding and implementing innovative solutions.

This challenge is not getting easier, as climate change is creating a greater variability in our rainfall patterns.

We have seen more frequent droughts on the one hand, while rainfall in some areas becomes heavier but less frequent. This places a huge strain on the local government’s water infrastructure, as we now have to conserve water more efficiently but at the same time, manage increased run-off
and the flooding of rivers.

By Peter Shepherd, partner and principal hydrologist at SRK Consulting (SA)

Acknowledgement: Service magazine

 

 

 

 

 

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