Water, water, everywhere – but not a drop to drink. This is South Africa’s growing dilemma – our entire, beautiful country, barring the landlocked provinces, is surrounded by the beautiful Atlantic and Indian Oceans. However, when it comes to hydrating the citizens of the South, the current water crisis seems to be a growing conundrum.
There’re two major groups here: those who simply don’t receive water, and those who receive water of highly questionable quality. So that leaves us wondering – “What is the problem?”
We’ve seen community-driven projects like #WaterShortageSouthAfrica and #ProjectWaterDrop stepping up to the plate, and large bottled water companies (Aquazania proudly included) banding together to donate water to area’s which have seemingly been forgotten by those in charge.
It’s officially been declared that eight out of the nine South African provinces have been declared as drought disaster area’s – with the exception of Gauteng.
Time to take a stand?
Now, it doesn’t help we all sit back and complain ourselves blue in the face about the water crisis South Africa is facing, but it’s time for the hard-hitting questions to be voiced!
In this Business Day article, “89% of households in SA have access to piped water, only 62% are happy with the quality of the service…”! This raises even more eyebrows. It seems that even if you are lucky enough to form part of the 89%, only about 60% of this group will have a regular and uninterrupted supply of ‘still questionable quality’ water.
With municipal elections just over two months away, this is surely going to be a huge draw card. Another excerpt from the article states that “A quarter of households reported water interruptions that lasted more than two days during the past year.”.
Looking at this as a whole, it makes no sense that so often we have to wade our way through puddles left behind after a water pipe has burst and been left, unfixed, for hours or days on end. This is “potable” water, literally being used to wash our roads and municipal pavements – while others sit at home, having to use river water or rain water to get by each day.
We guess the major question here is – are we experiencing a genuine water crisis (the answer to this is yes, of course), or is this exasperated by the toxic addition of non-existent service delivery because of misused funds?
Those who are fortunate enough to live in brick homes, with flushable toilets inside their house and running water to their showers and basins are feeling the pinch already, but have we really, really sat back and thought about people who already have restrictions as to where they can use the toilet, who are now even further limited to when (and if) water is available to flush the toilet?
Are we on the brink of an even bigger crisis in terms of the spread of disease because of lack of proper sanitation?
What is our pivotal point? We’d love you hear your view on the water crisis.
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