With 98% of South Africa’s water resources already allocated, controversial shale gas exploration will be using up precious groundwater in the Karoo. It is likely that ground water will be polluted (to a greater or lesser extent) and so rainwater harvesting and rainwater tank installation may be the only safe way of obtaining potable water in this arid region of South Africa.
The Minister gazetted for public comment a notice of intent to declare fracking a controlled activity in terms of the National Water Act (NWA) for public comment. The notice included the exploration for, and production of, onshoreor and any activities incidental thereto, including, but not limited to, fracking.
“What this means is that fracking becomes a water use, thus requiring a water use licence. In this regard only matters regarding water resources will be of consideration when licences are issued, including, but not limited to, the possible impact of substances andon the ground water resource,” Molewa said at a media briefing in .
Molewa further emphasised that protecting the environment and’s water resources was the department’s key priority.
“We will take every precaution to ensure that the possible impact of fracking on our water is carefully managed and minimised,” she added.
“The DWA would like to be objective, while protecting the country’s water resource and finding methods to further development. I want what is best forand in particular the water sector,” Molewa said.
The Minister further pointed out that an interdepartmental task team, of which the DWA was a part, had been established to deal with issues pertaining toand gas exploration and production.
The monitoring committee was tasked with reviewing the existing regulatory framework for fracking and to develop the necessary regulations and guidelines on the methodologies of fracking. It would also develop guidelines to ensure that negative impacts of exploration for possible production of shalewas prevented, mitigated or managed.
At the moment, the committee is only focusing on exploration as a decision had not yet been made on whetherwould move into production.
The Minister stated that currently 98% of’s water resource was allocated, which left little for new projects and economic developments.
“We have to free up’s water supply,” she said, adding that the policy did not intend to take away water from any specific group to give to another.
Molewa added that economic regulation would be applied throughout the water value chain and to avoid any conflict of interest, water use tariffs would be determined yearly by the DWA, in consultation with National Treasury.
She pointed out that, among other major decisions taken, the NWA and the Water Services Act would be combined.
“This is because there have been a number of implementation challenges arising from the separate pieces of legislation,” Molewa said.
Challenges that had been identified included that the current legislation did not contain any mandate at the national level for the development of a strategy that covered the entire water value chain.
“Although the department is working on an infrastructure investment framework which covers both water supply and sanitation services as well as water resources infrastructure, this is not enabled by any legislation.
“Separate strategies for the management, development, control and protection of water resource and the provision of water supply and sanitation service results in inconsistency in the management of the entire water value chain,” Molewa said.
Source: Engineering News (By Leandi Kolver) Abbrev.
Click on the links below to view the wide range of JoJo water tanks suitable for rainwater harvesting and a multitude of other uses.
JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of products such as plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands as well as other high quality JoJo Tanks products. See JoJo Tanks’ VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS and see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.
JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and 5-year guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products one of the best choices in South Africa. *All JoJo Tanks polyethylene tanks and products now carry a 8 year warranty (on tanks purchased on or after 1 July 2013)* JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.
We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale. CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you. Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers. We can usually delivery tanks and tank stands free of charge to business/commercial addresses in South Africa.
SPECIAL ON MULTIPLE ORDERS OF 10000 litre, 15000 litre & 20000 litre JOJO WATER TANKS AND CHEMICAL TANKS…CONTACT US FOR A FREE QUOTE!
(15000 litre and 20000 litre JoJo vertical water tanks & chemical tanks are available on order directly from JoJo Tanks’ main factory)
Live in the USA and need rainwater harvesting equipment? Click HERE!