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SA is facing a crisis - it’s time to start thinking of water as a business risk

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr Anthony Turton (Environmental Advisor and Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State) for his weekly "The Science Of" feature.

Turton spoke about the science of water as a business risk.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

I know we’re facing a water crisis of epic proportions.

Dr Anthony Turton

Global population is stripping out the supply of water.

Dr Anthony Turton

Once you understand the risks you can start mitigating.

Dr Anthony Turton

10 years ago we didn’t understand the acid mine drainage risk. Today we do.

Dr Anthony Turton

Sewage-flows into our rivers is a much worse problem than acid mine drainage.

Dr Anthony Turton

Assurance of water supply is breaking down.

Dr Anthony Turton

We produce 5 billion litres of sewage every day. Of that we treat about 20%. That leaves 4 billion litres of sewage being released back into our rivers.

Dr Anthony Turton

Johannesburg is a city that shouldn’t be there!

Dr Anthony Turton

We discharge our sewage upstream of our drinking water.

Dr Anthony Turton

It’s quite possible to recycle your sewage water. But it takes engineering and social complexity.

Dr Anthony Turton

A UWS system does for water what a UPS does for power supply.

Dr Anthony Turton

Due to technology, Israel is no longer water constrained.

Dr Anthony Turton

It takes about 360 litres to make a litre of beer.

Dr Anthony Turton

The trade in virtual water may be what’s preventing water wars.

Dr Anthony Turton

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