Week in and week out South African dam levels have been dropping at an alarming rate. This is according to the Department of Water and Sanitation. Dam levels have dropped by 4.8% from 73.2% to 68.4% in just the past month and the heatwave in Johannesburg has not helped the cause.
The department has warned that the country could end up with half the water resources it currently has.
Deputy Director-General for strategic and emergency projects at the Department of Water and Sanitation, Trevor Balzer believes that South Africans should always use water sparingly as the country's usage is higher than the global average.
In South Africa, we use up to 237 litres per person per day compared to the world average of 172 litres per day per person. We need to check our daily water usage.— Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director-General for strategic and emergency projects at the Department of Water and Sanitation
Balzer adds that South Africa won't run out of the water. However, if we increase our usage the department projects a deficit of 17%.
The water losses are not just due to water consumption by people, the country is also losing water due to ageing municipal infrastructure, with water being lost through the leakage of pipes.
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This article first appeared on 702 : South Africans urged to use water sparingly