The impact of climate change on small municipal water resource management: The case of Bredasdorp, South Africa
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University of Cape Town
In response to the recent reports on climate change impacts, especially on the water supply sector, a methodology that incorporates climate change impacts in to water resource planning at small municipal level is proposed. The introduction of the term Climate Impact Factor helps to quantify the extent to which future drying will have on local water resources. The illustrative example reveals that a 30% reduction of available water by 2035 will be caused by a projected 8% reduction in precipitation. The reduction in available water resources due to climate change leads to in an increase of future supply cost of 3.5 times that under historical climate conditions. It is illustrated however, that this can to some extend be mitigated through demand side management strategies.
Mukheibir, P. (2007). The impact of climate change on small municipal water resource management. Energy Research.