Portable drinking water

“While approximately 2.7 million households or 18 percent of the total national population are affected by the drought disaster, interventions are in place to ensure that all communities are serviced and receive water,” Zuma said in his end-of-the-year statement.

Portable drinking water

South Africa has suffered in the past few months the worst drought since the 1960s.

Five provinces — North-West, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga — have declared a state of emergency with water restrictions imposed in some areas.

The country’s Department of Water and Sanitation has invested more than 450 million rand (about 30 million U.S. dollars) for drought relief. The funds have been going to motorized water tankers, borehole drilling and rehabilitation as well as the improvement of dysfunctional infrastructure.

“Efficient planning of our water resources has ensured that our regional water supply dams and schemes remain water secure and are sitting with a positive water balance,” Zuma said.

The average dam level in the country stands at 66 percent to capacity, according to Zuma.

Zuma also said that while South Africa is a water scarce country, water leaks remained a serious problem.

About seven billion rand (about 467 million dollars) is lost annually to leaking taps and water pipes, he said.
Earlier this year, the government launched a campaign named War on Leaks, mobilizing 3,000 unemployed young people to assist in dealing with the problem.

Zuma said the young people were in training across the country and would take up jobs as water agents, plumbers and artisans.

The El Nino weather phenomenon is blamed for the severe drought.

South Africa is a naturally water strained country, one of the 30 driest countries in the world. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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