Is Recycled Water Our Next Big Idea?
An article extracted from Business Day today, a poignant opening statement that opens our eyes is as as follows:
“Owing to SA’s dwindling water resources, South Africans must seriously consider using recycled water for basic needs. The reality is that water stressed-countries have long resorted to using grey water for drinking, cooking and washing.”
Here are a few more excerpts from the article – which we’ll piece together to get the full picture:
“…we are rated by the World Bank as among 30 dry countries in the world that will become a desert in 30 years unless we start saving water now.”
“In SA, the level of water consumption is skewed, depending on the nature of the business the water is used for. Agriculture, for instance, uses 62% of our resources to irrigate crops. In a country where drinking water is fast becoming a luxury, the consumption of such huge volumes of water by one industry is implausible.
Last month, SA hosted a historic three-day world summit in Durban. Attended by think-tanks in the water sector, including the president of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong-kim, the international summit brought to the fore the question of waste water as an obvious alternative to the world’s water woes.
President Jacob Zuma set the scene for a vigorous debate during his opening address when he warned that the “bleak” 2017 UN World Water Development Report required world leaders to urgently prioritise the improvement of access to potable water and sanitation services. The report, he said, should draw attention to the dismal global status of water and sanitation and inspire commitment to action by world leaders to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
This raises the question as to what countries with myriad water challenges should do to deliver water to their citizens.
It’s about time that governments re prioritise water and puts it at the top of their budgetary systems. The current trend is to make water the last national priority and to relocate small budgets that have been allocated to the resource to other programmes.”
“The visible impact of poor on-site wastewater management has been masked in recent years due to the dry conditions. However, in average and higher rainfall years, the impacts of poor wastewater management can be seen in street drains and runoff into neighbouring properties.”
While we’ve omitted some of the content originally produced in the original Business Day article, we can see clearly that due to the unfortunate non-cooperation of governmental departments in finding innovative and we ways to store, conserve and recycle our natural water resources, we’re left with no other choice but to take matters into our own hands.