Water Wednesday: World Water Summit and SA dam update

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is in Durban today to kick off the festivities for Water Week. The Summit will run from 22 to 24 March. Waste water is one of the key topics that will be discussed as well as action against the water crisis in South Africa.

Under the theme “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, the Summit programme will highlight the plight of the global population still suffering from water and sanitation related issues.

Africa’s rising population is driving demand for water and accelerating the degradation of water resources. In Africa, especially sub Saharan Africa, more than a quarter of the population spends more than half an hour per round trip to collect water, which has dire implications for women and children.

The World Health Organisation says that 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and contaminated water. A lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation still kills more children than malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined.

World Water Week is extended to feature a two-day Regional Water Summit and Expo, which will focus on the following:

  • Broader water and sanitation challenges facing the continent.
  • Celebrating high impact projects that have improved service delivery.
  • Sharing best practices from local and international experts.
  • Reviewing progress made in improving access to water and sanitation.
  • Showcasing the latest technologies and solutions for key water challenges.
  • Shaping and influencing the water discourse in the continent in line with the SDG countries policy direction on water and sanitation.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal dam is at 105.79 % this week while Cape Town has 18,6% of usable water left.

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

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