Groundwater News Roundup (Sep/Oct 2018)

Here's a quick roundup of groundwater-related news

Fieldnote: Managing floods and droughts, lessons for municipalities

Recent Water Research Commission-funded project successes in the Western Cape have shown that Water Sensitive Design (WSD) and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are two viable ways for South African municipalities to manage floods and droughts, and in the process also save water.

Agricultural water file: Farming for a drier future

Although recent rains and heavy snowfall have brought relief, the impact of the severe drought in the Western Cape is far from over. In some areas, such as the Little Karoo, farmers are still battling the drought that started in early 2015.

The agricultural sector remains particularly vulnerable to water risks and a changing climate. This document talks about how to build resilience in agriculture and looks at some adaptation responses and lessons learnt that may help the province in a future of increasing water scarcity.

Forests key to Africa ending water crises, meeting SDGs

Despite the contribution of forests to water sustainability, scholars and researchers have rarely studied the linkages involving forests, climate change and water in Africa, a report says.

According to the report, about seven billion humans currently occupying the earth are competing with more than three trillion trees for water, thus making a need to address forests-water-people-climate links crucial.

Field Note: Innovation, research enables better water management

Dr Manjusha Sunil is involved in efforts to use research and innovation to enable better water management throughout the country. She works as a manager for the Water Research Commission (WRC) and handles its Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER), among others.

WADER was launched as a partnership between the WRC and the Department of Science and Technology in 2014. It was initiated to bridge the gap between the research and development and pre-commercialisation stages of innovation in the water sector. Hence, WADER should be seen as a sectoral platform for collaboration and support.