Collaborative Research Project on Water Quality in Cape Town

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May 18, 2018 - 8:03pm

Critical Commentary

Lesley Green has been working together with a team of researchers (Full team includes: Leslie Petrik, Adeola P. Abegunde and Cecilia Y. Sanusi from the Environmental and Nano Science Group, at the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town; Lesley Green and Melissa Zackon from the Environmental Humanities South and Department of Anthropology, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town; and Jo Barnes, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Division of Community Health, Stellenbosch University). In a paper published in late 2017, the team looked at sewage pollution affecting seawater and marine organisms in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa and highlighted the implications for the governance of urban water as well as sewage treatment and desalination. The full paper can be found here.

As noted in this South African news piece, the project has been taken up by government as an important piece of work. Water strategist and member of the Water Leapathon Steering Committee Anthony Turton said: “It is pleasing to see that scientists are aligning their work with broad public interests. This is needed to inform policy decisions made by elected officials in any healthy democracy."

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English