oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - SANS 241 / 2011 and its effect on the water supply environment

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Water services in South Africa are in a crisis, despite the government spending billions of Rands on the improvement of water services in the country. Regrettably, the government and the communities are not receiving value for the money spent. As was experienced recently in some areas of South Africa (Delmas, Mpumalanga, Durban area), drinking water became a source of infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea and cholera.

The inadequacies of our drinking water supply systems create very serious problems which require urgent attention by the authorities and the water professional industry. There are a number of reasons for this. One of the reasons is that most of the municipalities do not enter into a proper and effective contract with their consulting engineers, which results in the appointment of unskilled consultants. Another reason is the lack of adequately knowledgeable and competent water purification specialists among consulting engineers. Yet another very important reason is the lack of a good standard for drinking water quality (DWQ).

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