50 million litres of dirty raw sewage is discharged into the ocean off of our South African coastlines each day. Adding to that, municipalities and various industries pump millions of litres of untreated sewage into our national river systems, contaminating the water and seeping into our groundwater supplies.
As the 30th driest country in the world, with low levels of rainfall and high levels of evaporation and water pollution, South Africa has finally been hit with the long-term effects. Two decades of challenging water management conditions coupled with the increase in population and limited national, regional, and local water strategies has officially placed us in the red zone.
Simply put we can no longer solve our water issues by building more dams or canals. We need to rehabilitate and maintain the natural areas which are the sources of water for our cities, communities and farms. We need to rethink how we use and reuse water.