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The impact of drought on groundwater resources By Marlese Nel, science communicator. Introduction by Tarren Bolton. symposium, delivers some insights for Water, Sewage & Effluent into the impact of the drought on groundwater. Between a rock and a wet place The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of the country, and especially in the Western, Eastern, innovations the symposium, which is an indication of the successful hydrogeology mentoring and training that students receive here, preparing them for the consultancy environment and to make a contribution to the knowledge pool of groundwater scientists in the Western Cape, and even in the rest of South Africa. Here, Marlese Nel, science communicator and attendee at the T he Western Cape Branch of the Ground Water Division (GWD) of the Geological Society of South Africa presented a one-day symposium at the end of last year. The topic was ‘Groundwater and the drought: Between a rock and a wet place’. Various alumni of the Environmental and Water Science Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) attended and contributed to What is the (real) impact of the drought on groundwater resources in the Western Cape? It was easy to see the impact on our surface water resources by the daunting pictures of especially the Theewaterskloof Dam when it reached a level of only 11% capacity. www.waterafrica.co.za Water Sewage & Effluent May/June 2019 37