NOTICE OF RETRACTION OF MISQUOTED STATEMENT : BUSINESS DAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2016

ATTENTION ALL

 
Dr Matthys Dippenaar requested as a matter of real urgency, Business Day reporter Graeme Hosken, to retract the statement printed on his behalf in BD (http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/agriculture/2016/02/01/drought-and-poor-control-of-boreholes-add-to-crisis#).
He did not advise against the use of groundwater.  He did state that groundwater can be affected by droughts. However, he reiterated that he is a firm believer in supply from groundwater, provided that the resource is adequately assessed.

 
Business Day Malgosia Kijko responded:

I have changed the part in which you are quoted to this:

Matthys Dippenaar, a research project leader for the Water Research Commission, said "it is simply not sustainable to turn to [under]ground water when surface water is threatened".
He said the regulating and licensing of groundwater was poorly monitored, "with few if any databases for domestic boreholes". There was no way of knowing how much water was being pumped out of the ground.
He said while Gauteng had higher yielding underground water sources, aquifers were localised and not consistent.
"The big issue is to try and locate them, especially in the areas where you need water."
Not enough emphasis was placed on water scarcity, and water was wasted on filling swimming pools and watering lawns.
"We may, unfortunately, only learn in years from now the true impact of the drought, with the result being shrinking underground water tables. "The levels of borehole-drilling is making the underground water table unsustainable."

Apologies for the inconvenience. This was an error made in the editing process.