Scarcity of water in South Africa under the spotlight for National Water Week

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NEWCASTLE – The sustainable use of the precious and scarce resource, water, is the main focus in the country for the week of March 20 to March 26.

A campaign by the Department of Water and Sanitation seeks to re-iterate the value of water, and emphasise the role water plays in eradicating poverty and underdevelopment in the country.

The department urges South Africans to take responsibility of their water usage to ensure this scarce resource is managed in an effective and sustainable manner.

According to the World Wild Life Organisation, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.

“As a result, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Inadequate sanitation is also a problem for 2.4 billion people—they are exposed to diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, and other water-borne illnesses. Two million people, mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases alone,” the World Wild Life Organisation stated.


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