Uptick in Demand for Water-Sector Consulting

Author(s): 
Vis Reddy interviewed by Creamer Media
Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
First presented: 
www.engineeringnews.co.za
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Water Management
Environmental/Social

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Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services.

“As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also plan ahead more effectively and implement strategies to supply the growing population and deal with the impact of climate change,” states SRK Consulting South Africa MD Vis Reddy.

He notes that a lack of long-term strategic planning, and infrastructure maintenance and expansion in the local water sector have resulted in the group becoming involved in water infrastructure projects and initiatives because of demand driven by crisis, rather than long-term planning.

Reddy emphasises that climate change is creating opportunities for the firm as the increased likelihood of flooding in certain areas requires more effective disaster management planning.

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