Why it’s important to be water-wise

By Drum Digital
13 November 2015

Even though South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, the current devastating drought raging across the country is the worst in two decades. Over 2 million households are affected.

By Thembisile Makgalemele 

The lack of water means water-shedding is implemented and this has led to unhygienic environments, especially at healthcare facilities.

Meanwhile, farmers are struggling to produce their desired quantities of food. This means that the supply is low, and we’ll have to fork out more money for food.

The Water Resources Commission has predicted that the country’s water demand will outstrip its supply by 2030.

Currently, dams are dry and some dam levels stand at less than 30 % of water levels.

The Government does not have enough money to reduce the effect of water shortages. It needs R300 billion to address the drought problem but has only budgeted R350 million for droughts and R95 million for water tanks.

To emphasise the seriousness of the situation think about this: Roughly 70 % of an adult’s body is made up of water. By the time a person feels thirsty, his/her body has lost over 1 % of its total water amount. Now imagine the impact on much bigger water bodies!

Sources: Grain South Africa; Water Commission; DWS; Allaboutwater.org

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