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An overview of surface water quality in the Olifants river catchment
Expanded Title:This study provides an overview of our existing knowledge on the water quality in the Olifants River catchment and the likely sources of poor water quality, outlines the potential risks that these substances pose to all water users and the aquatic ecosystems, and highlights the need for targeted research and urgent remedial actions. Available water quality data as a basis for an overview of water quality across the entire Olifants River catchment were collated and evaluated. Many of the likely sources or causes of poor water quality were identified. This will enable water resource decision-makers in central, provincial and local government, industry and agriculture to define those areas that require priority attention and urgent remediation. In addition, the information also provides a scientifically defensible rationale for developing and implementing measures to improve land use practices across the catchment, as well as a basis for working with counterpart authorities in Mozambique.(SADC revised Water Protocol) The situation of the Olifants River should be halted and reversed as quickly as possible. It is evident that effective water quality management across the entire Olifants catchment is required. Closer association with, and continuous co-operation between, water resource managers, local authorities, industries and land-owners at all levels is recommended. The ultimate beneficiaries of the recommendations presented in this study will be the aquatic ecosystems within the Olifants River catchment, as well as every person in the catchment that relies on good quality water for their lives and livelihoods.
Date Published:01/11/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development
Document Keywords:Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 293/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0188-4
Authors:Ashton PJ; Dabrowski JM
Project No:. K8/887
Organizations:CSIR, Natural Resources and the Environment
Document Size:26 888 KB
Attachments:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for KV 293.pdf
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