The combination of El Niño-driven drought conditions, poor treatment of high sewage flows and acid mine drainage in South Africa could see a 'water catastrophe'.
This is according to water expert Professor Anthony Turton who says the existing sewage system is further declining the country's water quality and supply.
(Also read our article: Rand Water urges Gauteng consumers to use water sparingly or face water shedding)
Turton said that government needs to invest in developing the current sewage works systems into water recovery plants.
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Rand Water has said that their water supply continues to take strain in Gauteng, amid a succession of heatwaves.
While the Western Cape continues to experience some of the lowest rainfall measurements that are affecting the agricultural industry.
South Africa may soon have to implement water restrictions to manage demand of treated water for drinking and industrial use.
We do not have technology in place to adequately process sewage water and make it drinkable. As the drought unfolds, we are going to see the sewage problem become a major crisis.— Professor Anthony Turton, water expert
The country faces imminent water shortages in the west and in the far east and grapples with a continuing struggle around water quality across South Africa.
The dilapidated state of our water infrastructure is appalling.— Haddy (@haddymo) October 29, 2015
Neglected dams will start bursting & we realize we are doomed@RediTlhabi
@RediTlhabi 4 water problems lets install waterless dry flush toilet systems in public places likes malls / other facilities. that's saving— Daniel (@DanielSeremba) October 29, 2015
@RediTlhabi in the village I live we recycle all our sewage and reuse it for flushing toilets and irrigating our gardens and veg patches— bourgeois* Socialist (@martinmenge) October 29, 2015
This article first appeared on 702 : Poor sewage flow treatment may see SA on brink of 'catastrophe' - water expert