Save the Wa­ter

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

Re­fer­ring to the ar­ti­cle Watch­ing the Wa­ter (July 2018), I un­wit­tingly be­came a ‘wa­ter tourist’ re­cently. I went to nearby Mid­mar Dam to join a num­ber of peo­ple re­joic­ing at the dam over­flow­ing for the first time in many years. This led me to think about rivers flow­ing into the sea. A re­cent me­dia re­port dis­closed that an enor­mous amount of cu­bic me­tres per sec­ond was flow­ing into the sea at the mouth of the Or­ange River. In our coun­try where wa­ter is such a pre­cious com­mod­ity, it seems a great pity that large vol­umes of fresh wa­ter flow into the sea. Per­haps our long-term strate­gic wa­ter plan­ning should in­clude con­sid­er­a­tion of redi­rect­ing wa­ter from river mouths to ar­eas where there are short­ages. Af­ter all, pe­tro­leum prod­ucts are con­veyed by pipe­line over long dis­tances. (edited)

Ted Kim­mince, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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