Water: underground source for billions could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change

Water: underground source for billions could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change

While climate change makes dramatic changes to weather and ecosystems on the surface, the impact of climate change on the world’s groundwater is likely to be delayed, representing a challenge for future generations.

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Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

One of the key objectives when drilling boreholes for rural water supply in Africa has been to optimise what has been termed “cost effective boreholes”. With all good intentions, this approach has been counterproductive, as the drive to reduce costs and increase the number of boreholes has been at the expense of quality.

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South Africa’s first mine-water atlas is currently underway

South Africa’s first mine-water atlas is currently underway

The ongoing Water Research Commission-funded study, the South African Mine Water Atlas, will provide water managers and policy makers with a comprehensive reference on the extent of mine-influenced water in the country, both on the surface and underground. It will assist in good management, regulation and setting policy. Once completed, it will be the most comprehensive document of its kind in South Africa. 

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