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Water Demand in the Basin


As the Orange-Senqu River basin approaches closure, water demand in the Orange-Senqu River basin is complicated by the fact that there are four countries sharing the basin, numerous sectors and services that require water and uncertainties as to availability of water - especially with respect to groundwater resources and the potential impacts of climate change. 

Chapter Summary

This section looks at the impacts of the following aspects on water demand in the basin:

Bloemhof Dam.
Source:DWAF South Africa 1998
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Agriculture is a vital aspect of water demand in the Orange-Senqu River basin.
Source:Vogel 2009
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Recreation and Tourism is a major economic activity in the Lower Orange River region.
Source:Vogel 2009
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Explore the sub-basins of the Orange-Senqu River

Explore the water management systems around the basin - including intra-basin transfers and sectoral water requirements

Investigate the dams and water infrastructure in the Orange-Senqu basin

Tour video scenes along the Orange-Senqu River related to Meeting the Water Challenge

Listen to a panel discussion about the history and challenges in the Orange-Senqu basin

Explore how hydroelectric dams work

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