DURBAN, April 27 — South Africa may be facing sharp price increases and interrupted supplies in the next 10 years, just like what is happening in the current electricity crisis, says the Deputy Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal province, Michael Singh.
He also told a gathering of Durban industry representatives here over the weekend that water conservation was a more cost-effective way of dealing with the problem than building new dams and desalinating sea water.
Singh said: “Water that we need within our systems is way past due. We’ve been getting away with this for the last three, four years because of very good rainfall.
“This year we don’t have such grand rainfall and already we are facing massive restrictions. Many of the dams have gone on to 30, 40 (of capacity) but fortunately many of them have started to recover.”