Water quality monitoring using South African Scoring System
The WRC in collaboration with local partners launched the latest South African Scoring System version 5 (SASS 5) and its simplified version, MiniSASS, at a special event on 26 March, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. A key tool in the assessment of the health of the country’s rivers for a number of years, the system uses the composition of invertebrates living in rivers, and is based on the sensitivity of various animals to water quality.
According to Bonani Madikizela, WRC Research Manager Water–Linked Ecosystems, the mini-version reduces the taxonomic complexity of SASS to a few aquatic invertebrate groupings (13 instead of 90) and forms a useful educational tool for school learners and non-specialists. It also allows communities to play an active role in the monitoring of water quality of the rivers in their area. The latest product in the SASS range, a locally produced DVD, appeals to learners and general members of the public and encourages them to learn more about the impact of their land use activities on their local water resources. The DVD is also a useful educational tool for government’s Adopt-a-River drive.
Contact: Mr Bonani Madikizela
Research Manager, Water-Linked Ecosystems: Bonanim@wrc.org.za
012 330 0340