The hot season is upon us and water levels continue to drop in our catchment systems and dams. Evaporation as a result of the hot temperatures also plays a role in depleting our water resources.
As South Africa is a water scarce country, the lack of rain is making the situation worse as the little available water is being used without replacement.
The lack of sufficient rainfall and the dropping water levels call upon all citizens of this country to work together in ensuring that the available water is used in a wise and efficient manner to ensure water security for the current and future generations.
Water is life and water security is crucial for sustainable livelihood. Water conservation and water use efficiency is everybody's business, so we must all take responsibility for ensuring access for all.
Water security depends on our behaviour and actions in relation to water utilisation. If we take responsibility in our communities, we will build a responsible society that appreciates the value of water and the fact that we live in a water scarce country.
Leakages waste a lot of our precious water, but most often we turn a blind eye and ignore them. We need to change and report and fix the leakages and save a lot of water and money as the wasted water is usually purified and clean water.
If we fix leaks in our households and report leakages in the municipal system and have them fixed, we will definitely save a lot of water and play a major role in water security for the future.