South Africa needs to consider water supply and demand

By bne IntelliNews January 8, 2010
South Africaneeds to consider water supply and demand when planning infrastructure, a WaterResources Group report said. The group is led by McKinsey and the WB andincludes large, international, corporate players. By 2030, demand will outstripsupply by 17.7%, although high economic growth and climate change could almostdouble the gap, Business Day reported. Renewable technologies that reduceconsumptive water use are the best options for sustainable water-resourcemanagement. Water decisions need to consider the entire economy rather thanindividual sectors, the report said. Coal will become the main mining wateruser, using 180mn cubic metres by 2030. Dry-cooled, coal-fired power plantsnear most of the coal beds may need water transferred from other regions, sincetheir local supply is insufficient.

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