The Directorate: Geohydrology is responsible for
directing the assessment of groundwater resources and for
building capacity and managing information systems in this regard to
ensure the sustainable development of groundwater countrywide.
Groundwater Resource Assessment
The on-going assessment of groundwater resources
in terms of occurrence, quantification, quality, development potential and protection
requirements in support of groundwater resources management.
The on-going development and maintenance of
national groundwater information system, its population with data of best
possible quality, establishment of appropriate national standards in
suppot of integrated water resource management.
Technical and Scientific Support
The on-going provision of technical and
scientific support for groundwater development and integrated water
resource management (allocation, conservation, resource directed measures,
water quality management) at all
Groundwater Resource Assessment II
In late 2003, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) of South Africa initiated the Groundwater Phase 2 Project, which is aimed at the quantification of the groundwater resources of South Africa on a national scale. The project has been carried out by a consortium of consultants comprising SRK Consulting, GEOSS, WSM and CSIR (SGWC) in close collaboration with key DWAF personnel and was completed in June 2005. Algorithms have been developed for the estimation of storage, recharge, baseflow and the impact of the reserve and present groundwater used has been recorded. The results, in addition to methodology, include several valuable datasets and maps and will provide input to various levels of planning and management of water resources.
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