Experts propose private solutions to better capacitate municipalities for effective water management

As South Africa starts to experience more extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and high-energy storms, the sustainability of public water systems becomes crucial; however, municipal mismanagement or lack of maintenance is posing a major risk, a panel of experts agreed in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media on March 27. With the Blue Drop audit report finding that more than two-thirds of water treatment plants are close to failure, almost half of all treated water is lost through leaks and that only 26 of the country’s 958 water supply systems currently meet the Blue Drop certification level for high-quality water, solutions for climate resilient “water prosperity” becomes crucial.

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