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  • Gareth Pon

Water security

The Gauteng City Region (GCR) experiences water security challenges that range from inadequate supplies reflected in service delivery backlogs and protests, pollution, flooding, unmet infrastructural upgrade needs and inadequate sanitation. Investments made in the Lesotho Highlands Water Projects, for instance, reflect a sense of urgency in trying to address the water supply challenge in Gauteng. In this project, we hypothesize that challenges related to water security are highly likely to worsen in the near future due to an ever growing city population in the GCR needing to share insufficient and sometimes poorly managed water resources and sanitation systems.

The main goal of the project is to unravel the water security challenges in the GCR’s major urban centres. This includes seeking to understand both the critical bio-physical and governance factors at play in the GCR urban water management landscape, with more immediate attention being placed on understanding and exploring solutions to upstream-downstream water pollution challenges facing various urban areas in the GCR.


This project will use data from a commissioned study to produce the knowledge products envisaged. A competent Consultancy Company that can carry out the study has been identified and the process of contracting them is now at an advanced stage.


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