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Understanding Cape Town's underground water supply

31 January 2018 1:16 PM
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Cape Town drought
Day zero
#watercrisis
Water researcher Dr Kirsty Carden explains underground water supplies as Cape Town faces a massive water crisis.

CapeTalk/702's Ray White speaks to Research Coordinator at Future Water Institute Dr Kirsty Carden about water that runs underneath the City of Cape Town.

The City has been looking at ways to tap into this underground water to augment water supply.

According to Carden a lot of research has been done over the years to understand the sustainable yields of water and how much can be extracted from it.

She says the main issue with some of the aquifers is that they don't know enough about the sustainability in terms of how much they can extract and how much water should be recharged.

What we have to do is to learn how to tap into these different aquifers.

Dr Kirsty Carden, Research Coordinator at Future Water Institute

So the City is tapping into aquifers at various points, drilling and trying to get the water into the dam supply system.

Research Coordinator at Future Water Institute

Our focus in Future Water is very much on the idea of water design and thinking differently about how we manage water and bringing in different diverse water resources into the supply mix...

Research Coordinator at Future Water Institute

To hear the rest of this conversation listen below:


31 January 2018 1:16 PM
Tags:
Cape Town drought
Day zero
#watercrisis

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