Conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater resources offers huge advantages to municipalities. It can significantly increase the resilience of the municipal water supply to drought situations. Optimal use and integration of different sources would result in a yield of the total system that is higher than the combined yield of each source separately. However, integrated water resource management (IWRM) in general and planned conjunctive use of both groundwater and surface water resources in particular have not been successfully implemented yet in South Africa.
Event Debrief: Workshop on the Conjunctive Use Guideline (WRC, Danish Embassy)
In collaboration with the Danish Embassy, the WRC is developing a series of guidelines as part of the South African Strategic Water Sector Cooperation. The bilateral cooperation aims to contribute to the South African water sector through knowledge sharing of practical experiences by industry experts.
With increasing pressure on Cape Town’s potable water supply, the responsibility of diversifying supply for small, medium and large volume water users has fallen to the user to ensure sustainable use of potable water, and utilising all feasible non-potable sources where available.
Groundwater Resource Assessment Of The Malmani Subgroup Dolomites Within The Olifants River Water Supply Scheme
The 2011 Olifants River Water Supply Scheme (ORWSS) Reconciliation Strategy recommended that the Malmani Subgroup dolomites along the Limpopo-Mpumalanga escarpment be investigated as a potential groundwater resource for input into the ORWSS.
Dynamic Groundwater Resources Of Grahamstown/Makhanda: Their Contribution To Alleviating The Current Water Crisis
The current Grahamstown/Makhanda drought has once again highlighted the vulnerability of the local surface water resources. The two local dams supplying the western part of town (and the university) are fed by a typical Eastern Cape river which requires a very large amount of rainfall to generate runoff into the dam. Rainfall records since 1860 indicate that statistically, the current drought is not the worst drought the town has endured and there have been many similar droughts in the past, most recently in the mid-1990s, and early 1980s.