South Africans are thinking twice about their leaky taps, and considering water storage solutions quite carefully. Saving water must remain a priority for all of us.
Why is saving water so important in South Africa? It’s this simple: we are the 39th ‘driest’ country in the world. Let’s not forget too, that the Eastern Cape is facing a monumental water crisis – it’s not just Cape Town that’s in jeopardy – it’s the whole country.
While rainfall may fool us into a false sense of water security, our country is water-scarce. In fact, as this article from Africa Check outlines, we received less than 75% of our expected rainfall in 2015, and that put us into drought conditions. And, in light of this article’s findings, it turned even worse during 2016 and 2017.
Putting our rainfall predictions and water supply augmentation ideas aside, saving water should be an imperative for every company, community, and home, in South Africa. Of course, our school curriculum places great emphasis on the importance of saving water, and global initiatives like Water.org also try to bring home the message of water conservation, but when will enough water be saved?
The truth is: never. As the World Bank outlines:
Water is at the centre of economic and social development; it is vital to maintain health, grow food, manage the environment, and create jobs. Despite water’s importance, over 663 million people in the world still lack access to improved drinking water sources.
And that’s why initiatives like World Water Day remain important, because saving water is just the start. Securing the water supply for every citizen is vital for survival and economic growth and creating effective water store solutions is important. Globally, water scarcity has become an even bigger concern, as more and more cities, including London, are predicted to run out of water within the next few decades.
Securing a clean supply of water and creating effective water storage solutions must remain a priority for every country, community, and individual. Check out these ways you can save water at home, use less water when you’re at work, or harvest rainwater at your office. Let us know how you save water, and if we can help you create a water storage solution that works for your needs.