Opinion piece: How to save South Africa from a water disaster

Opinion piece: How to save South Africa from a water disaster

Editor's note: There has been a lot of attention given recently to South Africa's drought problems. For example, the town of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) was left without water for a week this month when dam levels dropped below usable levels.

As a result, the Department of Water and Sanitation and declared March as National Water Month to raise awareness around the issue.

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South Africa is a water-scarce country and one of the driest in the world, at the same time receiving around half of the world's average annual rainfall.

Climate change is upon us and making the situation worse as it means less water will be available to meet the growing water needs in the country.

This is a call to action as climate change is driving the country towards a warmer and drier future with longer and more extreme droughts.

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Water is life, as they say, and access to water supply is essential to overcoming poverty and addressing socio-economic inequalities.

It is therefore important that we use the available water wisely for the benefit of all in our water scarce-country. Water security and the future sustainable and reliable supply are in our hands

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Water has no substitute, so let us take care of our water resources and use the available water in a wise and conservative manner for the benefit of the current and future generations.

Read the rest of Themba Khoza Mbombela's opinion piece at dwa.gov.za.

Themba Khoza Mbombela works for the Department of Water and Sanitation.

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