Inaction over water quality issues will cost dearly

9 March 2012

There has been much debate over the accuracy underlying the anticipated “costs” of implementing water pollution rules in Florida.  In any country, such protections are likely to cost more than we think – mainly because the issue has been avoided for so long. Many countries, my own (South Africa) included, still have a massive and unpleasant wake-up call coming their way.

In Florida, scientists have concluded that

whatever the expense turns out to be it would be small compared to the ultimate cost of restoring Florida’s waters. (Source: TheRepublic).

A while back Droplets mentioned the clanger dropped by a senior Eskom official about the importance of water, when he matched coal and water as equally important.  Well, during South Africa’s Water Week, here’s another example of a statement that should have been better thought through:

Tebatso Baldwin Matsimela, Joburg Water’s marketing and communications manager, pointed out: “Contrary to belief, South Africa is a country that does not have an abundant supply of water and could well be described as a semi-desert region with a water shortage”.

Who are these people that have this belief that we are not an arid country??

On CyanoAlert issues, Lake Wellington (Gippsland Lakes, Oz) is free of its algal bloom warning, while the warning for Henley Lake has been downgraded.

The 9th International (Canadian) Lake of the Woods Symposium concluded yesterday.  Although they cannot spell ‘phosphorus’, eutrophication was a key topic in the discussions this year. (Source:

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