What Is The Role Of Built Environment Professionals In The Cape Town Water Crisis?
Sander Zweers a Business Development Manager from Royal Haskoning DHV was quoted in a recent article saying societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed.
He further notes that the WEF considers a water crisis one of the three highest risks to mankind in terms of impact, and a lack of water can lead to social unrest, anarchy or even wars. Therefore, providing clean water for cities, towns and rural communities amid rapid urbanisation in developing countries is a major challenge for government institutions.
Zweers further enthuses that the exploration of water treatment, purification and desalination technology needs to happen so that technologies can be developed to suit and benefit local scenarios.
However, he notes that there is difficulty in informing South Africa of the available technologies and solutions, owing to the difficulty of finding the appropriate technologies and, subsequently, bridging the awareness gap.
He says “I think it’s key to bring these smart innovations and smart solutions into the South African environment and, for that purpose, to be exposed to these kinds of technologies is quite important.”
Do you agree with Sanders view?
What do you think is the role of South African Built Environment Professionals :
· In making sure that there is a change in mindset in our society regarding the importance of water?
· Ensuring that smart solutions are implemented for challenges such as water security and drought solutions?
Do you think that Built Environment Professionals have done enough to help avert this water crisis?
Share your views with us below.