Plans underway to process acid mine drainage for commercial water use

Acid mine drainage will be processed into safe water for commercial use in a long-term project that will secure water availability for the next 30 years.

702's John Robbie spoke to Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, regarding the recent developments.

Listen to the conversation below:

We also now are able to identify where the water can be used to augment the water we get from the Lesotho Highlands.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister

The water will then be re-used. It depends on the level of desalination that we do on whether it will be for domestic or commercial use.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister

We will then have this as a source... to help us survive for the next 30 years.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister

Environmental Impact Assessments are currently being conducted to ensure that environmental standards are adhered to. Mokonyane says they cannot allow any further contamination of the existing ground water.

Part of what we have done is to put incentives forward so business can have surety that there will be continuous supply.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister
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