The shortage of water is still a major problem in South Africa.
The Kwazulu-Natal province is currently facing a decline in Dam levels despite the floods currently
experienced by the province recently. The Department of Water and Sanitation raised concerns over the continuous decrease in the province’s storage capacity. The capacity has decreased by 1.4% from 56.9% to 55.5%. from the previous year.
South Africa relies on Lesotho for sufficient water supply. The Highlands water project supplies South Africa with water to keep the water supply stable.
The country foresees droughts by the year 2030 if water usage behaviors do not change. Cape Town was once faced with Day Zero where there was no water supply as a way to impose sparing water.
This was mainly due to poor water usage behavior and poor rainfall. Soweto is one of the townships threatened with water shortages due to poor water usage behaviors.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has been under great criticism of failing to provide millions of households with water.
Allegations of corruption and fruitless expenditure have been pointed out as the cause of insufficient water supply.
However, the Department argues that poor usage of water, climate change, water contamination are some of the factors that contribute to shortages of water.
Water conservation is one of the crucial factors to keep the country in safer levels of water supply.
During a global pandemic, hygiene and Sanitation are vital for measures to protect and curb the spread of the virus.
Water is an essential need in our daily lives, let’s use water sparingly!