oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Hydrological research in South Africa and its importance to the future development of the country

Volume 8, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The paper outlines the present organisation and co-ordination of all fields of hydrological research in the Union . . After brief reference to relevant aspects of the hydrological cycle leading up to an assessment of the water resources of the country, methods of decreasing losses and of improving the availability of usable supplies are discussed. These include chemical monolayers, windbreaks, the prevention of wasteful evapo-transpiration, weather modification and artificial recharge of groundwater. The water resources of the Union are adequate for a considerable expansion of development but intensive hydrological study is needed to enable suitable measures to be planned for optimum exploitation.

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