ShapeShifter

SA's Southern Waters aims to take their water-resource planning software global

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Catherine Brown, founder of Southern Waters Ecological Research and Consulting, a firm that assists in water-resource planning, for his weekly "Shapeshifter" feature.

Catherine Brown’s Southern Waters uses a tool called DRIFT which predicts how water-resource plans impact ecosystems.

DRIFT was developed in 1998 to assist with flow releases from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

Catherine Brown has a PhD in freshwater ecology while other Southern Waters staff members have PhDs in math, statistics and botany.

We want to make DRIFT the software of choice for river-basin planning worldwide.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

We train people in other countries to use our tools.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

The water you use in your home comes from living systems.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

The natural ecosystems are suffering from this drought.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

We have great policy frameworks in South Africa. Implementation, however, is lacking.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

We’re hoping it’ll rain soon, especially in KZN.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

We have a competitive advantage over most the world.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

We don’t have much water. Climate change will make droughts more frequent. Supply and demand is going to become a huge problem.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

We can manage our lack of water through water demand management.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

I don’t have a professional opinion about fracking.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

It’s not our decision whether something goes ahead or not. We merely inform so they can’t say they didn’t know.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

Desalination is an option for South Africa. The cost is coming down all the time. It is, however, very energy intensive, but I imagine it’s where we’ll be going.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

There’s no doubt that we’re seeing longer and more intensive droughts due to climate change. We will have an even less stable supply of water in future.

Catherine Brown, Southern Waters

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