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Support to Phase 3 of the ORASECOM Basin-wide Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) – Plan: Overview

Overview The main objectives of this consultancy were to undertake scenario analyses, economic, water requirement projection and ecological support studies Read more

Water Resources Quality Joint Basin Surveys (JBSs)

The second 5-yearly comprehensive Joint Basin Survey (JBS2) of the quality of the water resources of the Orange-Senqu River Basin was undertaken Read more

2014 Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (IWRMP) – Summary and Documents

Purpose: This article will provide an overview of the 2014 IWRMP and provide links to the actual documents Related WIS Read more

Irrigation Water Demand Management (WP6)

Objectives The overall objective of the work package was to attain an overall understanding of how better management practices could reduce Read more

South Africa


ORANGE–SENQU RIVER BASIN, South Africa

 

Of all water demand on the Orange–Senqu system in 2010, about 93% came from South Africa, of which 70% was from the irrigation sector. Historically and currently, the Orange–Senqu and its tributary Vaal system has provided the source of water, minerals and energy on which economic development has been based.

Water supply required to meet demands of the Witwatersrand economic hub and those of large-scale irrigation schemes further downstream has been assured through the construction of numerous dams and a series of transfer schemes, mostly on the upper Orange–Senqu and Vaal river systems. It is consequently regarded as the most developed river system in southern Africa.