There is a perception that groundwater is underutilised. This is despite the fact that more than 420 small and medium-sized towns and around 22 600 rural settlements in South Africa are largely or totally dependent on groundwater.
The public and private sectors need to develop entirely new paradigms of practice and collaboration that supersede prevailing prejudices, so that our infrastructure serves the needs of the people - especially water infrastructure.
Water conservation and demand-side management (WC/WDM) has never been more topical, given Southern Africa's ongoing drought, El Niño and urban population density. But it's not about quick fixes or easy answers, it's about long-term vision and investing in people.
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) held its 10th annual conference, Pipes X, on 6 September this year, at the Bytes Convention Centre in Midrand. The gathering took on the issue of leadership and the responsibility plastic pipe industry leaders have towards South Africa.
Quality Filtration Systems (QFS ) - Herman Smit : Managing director
AquaPlan Water Treatment Engineering - Riaan van Schalkwyk : Process design engineer
ImproChem - Sepadi Mohlabeng : Director: Engineering
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa - Ian Lemberger : General manager: Engineered Systems
WesTech - Stephen James : Business manager