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"Evaporation means building more dams is not a solution to water crisis"

The City of Cape Town continues to urge its residents to reduce the amount of water they are using daily due to water shortages throughout the City and most of the Western Cape.

An expert in water and water provision, Prof Anthony Turton, says the country is facing a dilemma in that South Africa has reached the limit of available water.

He says it is unfortunate that there have been attempts to ignore this undeniable scientific fact.

It is not a doom and gloom story. There are many technological solutions available that are going to become affordable. All we really need is evidence based policy, then we are going to be in a much better place than we are at the moment.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

Turton says building more dams is not really a solution as the country is experiencing low rainfall and the available water in dams keep evaporating.

The loss through evaporation is a major engineering challenge so we need an alternative storage. There are technologies such as underground water storage but they haven't been welcomed interns of policy reform.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

We have been in a crisis now for some time and part of the crisis is the fact that we haven't recognised that we are in a crisis.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

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