BY REGINALD KANYANE
LIMITED water resources have been experienced in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipalities. Water and sanitation department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau said there were short-lived rivers and dependence was largely on ground water.
“The province is drought stricken and experiences high temperatures during the summer season. This results in reservoir levels dropping and this puts the water resources under severe pressure. Due to the current climate patterns, high temperatures, the changing rainfall patterns and the increased occurrence of droughts, the province experienced below normal water levels in the Sehujwane, Marico-Bosveld, Kromellenboog, Swartruggens, Pella, Molatedi, Lindleyspoort and Koster dams.
“As a result, the North West water and sanitation’s provincial operations is calling on all citizens to use water sparingly. We have water availability challenges and demand will be high during these seasons for both domestic and agricultural use,” Ratau said.
He added that the best that could be done was to conserve this scarce resource. Ratau further said South Africa is ranked amongst the 30 driest countries in the world.
“Hence we urge everyone to take responsibility in water conservation to avoid future water crises. There is nothing that can be done without water, we drink it, we use it for food security, we do mining with it, we bath with it but somehow we always forget that it is a scarce resource and plays an important role in our daily lives,” he said.
“As we welcome spring and the summer seasons, we would like to remind our people that water is a scarce resource and should be conserved, respected and enjoyed. Water is key to our socio-economic development, without it, we cannot achieve our government priorities such as infrastructure development, food security and cannot produce food without water,” Ratau said.
He said the department and its key stakeholders will continue to implement various water resource reconciliation interventions in order to address the challenges faced by the water sector within the province.
“These include the development and implementation of Water Conservation/Water Demand Management intervention measures, augmentation from local water supplies, augmentation based on non-conventional methods, water transfers from other supply areas and water reallocation between and across sectors.”