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Parched prospects II: A revised long-term water supply and demand forecast for South Africa

Author: Steve Hedden
Organisation: Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Publish Date: March 2016
Country: South Africa
Sector: Environment
Method: Foresight
Theme: Water
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Water supply, South Africa

South Africa is overexploiting its water resources at the national level, as water withdrawals currently exceed reliable supply.

Using the International Futures forecasting system, this paper predicts that withdrawals in the municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors will increase over the next 20 years.

Proposed interventions for increasing supply and reducing demand are not enough to reconcile the gap between withdrawals and supply.

More must be done to bring the South African water sector into balance and reconcile future national water withdrawals with future supply.
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