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Could the water crisis have been avoided?

8 November 2016 8:45 AM

President of SA Institution of Civil Engineering, Dr Chris Herold, has blamed municipalities for not maintaining water pumps.

The Department of Water and Sanitation released reserve water from the Free State's Sterkfontein dam to boost the nearly empty Vaal Dam on Monday.

This comes as water grows more scarce in Gauteng, which prompted Joburg Water to implement level 2 water restrictions.

However, the pleas for Gauteng residents to decrease their water usage by 15% have fallen on deaf ears.

If we have to look at the real reasons why we have water restrictions right now, we have to look beyond the drought.

Dr Chris Herold, SA Institute of Civil Engineering

702's John Robbie spoke to President of SA Institution of Civil Engineering, Dr Chris Herold, about the matter.

He said that the drought commenced over two years ago, pointing the finger at the "failure of municipalities" to maintain the pumps to enable the 15% reductions to be a success.

Listen to the interview below:


8 November 2016 8:45 AM