oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Some measures to alleviate the 1983 drought in the Umgeni Region

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0009-7845



At the beginning of 1983 it became apparent that a drought situation prevailed in the region served by the Umgeni River, that primary water storage was dwindling, and that, barring exceptional late rain, conservation measures would be necessary.

As far as the Umgeni Water Board was concerned these took the form on the one hand of adapting treatment methods fully to utilize the poorer quality of water available, and on the other hand, of making available supplies of raw water which would otherwise have gone to waste. This paper describes the Board's actions in regard to the latter.

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