By Jacqueline Mackenzie January 05, 2015
South Africans use 235 liters (62 gallons) of water a day compared with the international average of 173 liters, and this is pushing the country into a water crisis, the Johannesburg-based Star newspaper reported, citing an Institute for Security Studies report.
Jakkie Cilliers, co-author of the report entitled “Parched Prospects: The Emerging Water Crisis in South Africa,” said 60 percent of the 223 river ecosystems are threatened and 25 percent are critical.
“If we don’t start dealing with the water problem, we are going to get into a situation where the margins are going to get really tight and water restrictions will be severe,” he said. Cilliers said water management needed to be prioritized.
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It’s a pity we always wait until disaster strikes before we act. I think it’s just a natural human error. The percentage of people who take control and try and prevent it is unfortunately too small and unfortunately the government doesn’t force individuals to help either; there’s no incentive to save water. It’s a real pity. The only incentive you can give yourself at the end of the day would be to save money. If you recycle your grey water for irrigation and harvest your rainwater for household use (off the grid) you will save money and water. Water tanks are becoming a familiar sight these days and having a back-up water tank to cater for water outage days is a bonus.