Uncontrolled enrichment of our water resources with wastewater and other pollutants is a big problem that is receiving very little attention. This article examines some of the associated issues and the dangers of considering ‘living with the problem’, i.e. accepting it as a necessary evil rather than taking the obvious step of dealing with it. The “Do Nothing” option, more commonly associated with protecting and conserving the environment, may seem attractive here – based on the argument that, because so much infrastructure is broken already, there is not enough money to do anything more than patch up what we have.
(This article was prepared by Bill Harding and Jeff Thornton of International Environmental Management Services Ltd., a US-registered, not-for-profit skills transfer company, specializing in water resource management. Both are limnologists with an in-depth understanding of eutrophication and reservoir management in South Africa). Read more »