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Every Drop Counts...

Published by Ken Nunes on 30/10/2015

Every drop counts

Over the last months, First Look has published several Blogs on the issue of Water, more importantly Waste of Water in schools. This waste is of course not exclusive to schools. We see it every day and everywhere and we are all individually responsible for assuming water is an inexhaustible resource and the responsibility of others to ensure it's there when we turn the tap on...With the announcement on the 28th October by Rand Water this all changed...

Residents of Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Ekurhuleni municipality in the eastern Gauteng province can’t use hosepipes or sprinklers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice as supply is under “severe strain,” Rand Water Services (Pty) Ltd. said on the government news agency’s website Wednesday. “Should the restrictions not be adhered to, the situation may worsen.”

Anyone living in Gauteng would easily understand the reason for this. We are just coming out of the winter season, where rainfall over the last 4 months has been close to ZERO...a few drizziles at best. So the announcement is no surprise. 

However, the effect on a city with a population close to 10million should be preoccupying at minimum.

Our Blog of the 6th July 2015: As Obsession with Water referenced the following:

“With only 1 007 m3 of renewable water available to each inhabitant in 2008, South Africa is already hovering dangerously close to the international water scarcity threshold (FAO 2008).”

Is this preoccupying? We believe it is…and it is our individual and collective responsibility to address this situation in our schools...

It's time now...