Freshwater in South Africa

South Africa is a chronically water stressed country with huge economic development pressures and social upliftment challenges.

Water availability is one of the most decisive factors that will affect the economic, social and environmental well-being of South Africa over the next decade, and its supply is already precariously limited.

In the past, South Africa has invested heavily in water infrastructure and this is, in part, why the country has enjoyed a false sense of water security. However, the country is fast approaching full utilisation of available surface water yields, and running out of suitable sites for new dams.

South Africa needs to think innovatively about ways of reducing water demand and making water available, outside of the traditional engineering solutions of infrastructure development, if it wishes to sustain economic growth and maintain healthy freshwater ecosystems. Source: WWF Water supply issues cannot be solved by simply building more dams or creating more infrastructure, but relies heavily on rehabilitating, maintaining and conserving the natural areas which form the critical catchments and “water factories” for the country. Furthermore, climate change models also predict significant changes to both rainfall and temperature in southern Africa, which will affect water storage negatively.

Most companies today rely on plastic bottled water as their main source of drinking water – an unsustainable and expensive option that poses increased health risks and an exorbitant carbon footprint. Cirrus Water Management (CWM) brings a sustainable, cost effective and healthy solution to supplying pristine drinking water to remote businesses, commercial buildings and the hospitality industry.

Water Utilities Holding Consumers to Ransom

If you at home or at work are forced to use expensive alternatives to municipal water, then you are being held to ransom. Rand Water Board (RWB) in Gauteng is doing just that. Due to poor planning and an even poorer execution of its mandate, RWB is increasingly unable to deliver the quantity and more importantly the quality of water that the growing population in Gauteng requires to live on. As a result, bottled water sales have rocketed, and reduced many businesses’ and individuals’ discretionary spend.

Recent headlines include the following:

  • Water levels remain low: Rand Water
  • When spokesmen are afraid to speak, assume the worst
  • Is Rand Water safe?
  • Tsakane community grinds to halt after water shortage
  • Gauteng taps to remain dry for now

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