South Africa's long term water supply leaves a grim picture

Despite South Africa’s 2 528 registered water-supply dams and expansive infrastructure investment, the country’s financially viable freshwater resources are almost depleted.

Further, of the 223 river ecosystems in South Africa, 60% are threatened, of which 25% are critically endangered.This is why Water and Environmental Affairs Minister  strongly supports collaboration among industry, government and the public, to adequately oppose the country’s water challenges.

Currently, the agriculture sector accounts for 60% of the country’s water use, whereas municipal and domestic sectors use 27%. However, municipalities in South Africa have registered water losses of up to 37%. Moreover, where no records are kept by municipalities, this loss is estimated to be 50%. (Source: Proposed National Water Resource Strategy 2 [NWRS2])

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