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Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert

8 November 2017 5:26 PM
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Drought
Rain
Cape Town
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desalination
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Dr David Olivier says a range of combined efforts are needed to fight the water crisis and the misinformation that surrounds it.

Global Change Institute's Dr David Olivier says desalination plants alone are not the answer to the water crisis in Cape Town.

He says a range of combined efforts are needed to fight the water crisis and the misinformation that surrounds it.

Read: 'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'

Dr Olivier shares some of the theories written in his article, 'Cape Town water crisis: 7 myths that must be bust'.

The City of Cape Town had prepared for it in many different ways.

David Olivier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The crisis was not predictable. The extreme drought was so unlikely, it was almost impossible. Nobody could've predicted that.

David Olivier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

It becomes difficult to talk in retrospect about what the City ought to have done.

David Olivier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Desalination plants alone are not the answer. Water demand management is also part of the answer.

David Olivier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Take a listen to him explain what he believes are the misconceptions:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert


8 November 2017 5:26 PM
Tags:
Drought
Rain
Cape Town
Water crisis
desalination
dams

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