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S. Africa Wants Desalination for Acid Water, Business Day Says

South Africa wants desalination plants to be used to treat acid water from mines, with the cleaned liquid potentially supplying as much as 5 percent of the water needs of the Witwatersrand, the nation’s industrial heartland, Business Day reported.

This is one of the proposals that are a part of the national water resource strategy released by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa yesterday, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said, citing her.

Desalination could help increase the supply of Rand Water, the country’s biggest water board, by 67 million cubic meters (2.4 billion cubic feet), the newspaper said, citing Trevor Balzer, director-general for the Water Affairs Department.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tshepiso Mokhema in Johannesburg at tmokhema@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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