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An Assessment Of The Water Quality In The Berg River Basin

Congress: 2015
Author(s): SAMUEL AKINSEYE
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA1

Keyword(s): Sub-theme 10: Management of water resources,
Abstract

Samuel Akintayo Akinseye and Tertius Harmse

Department of Geography Environmental Management and Energy studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Email: sammiesam31@live.co.za, profjth@gmail.com

Abstract
Introduction
There is an increasing awareness in South Africa that water is limited and scarce. South Africa is known to be the 30th driest country in the world faced with challenges of a growing population and economy with a growing water demand. Nonetheless, the availability of water is meaningless if the water quality is unfit for use. Thus, this study focuses on the physical and chemical water quality parameters in the Berg River Basin.
Methodology
Data containing physical and chemical water quality parameters for the Berg River Basin (Western Cape) were collected from Department of Water Affairs over a period of five years, 2008-2012. The relevant data was screened, sorted and subjected to ANOVA Test for descriptive analysis.
Results
This study reveals the extent of water pollution in the Berg River Basin.
Conclusion
Water quality deterioration was one of the most important water resource issues identified in the Berg River catchment. Rainfall and landuse were the major factors influencing the water quality deterioration as observed from the dynamics and variability of the various water quality parameters that were analyzed.
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