A framework for conjunctive use at local government level
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.