WA­TER IN NUM­BERS

SA’s av­er­age rain­fall is 490mm a year – 50% of the world av­er­age

CityPress - - Business - SOURCES: DWS, WWF

60%

OF WA­TER IN SA IS USED FOR AGRI­CUL­TURE

18%

IS FOR EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL USE; 10.5% FOR MIN­ING AND IN­DUS­TRY; 11.5% IN HOUSE­HOLDS

305

DAMS – OR 70% OF DAM CA­PAC­ITY – IN SA BE­LONG TO THE DEPART­MENT OF WA­TER AND SAN­I­TA­TION

40%

OF THE WA­TER IN THE VAAL SYS­TEM (GAUT­ENG’S WA­TER SOURCE) ORIG­I­NATES IN LE­SOTHO

15%

OF THE COUN­TRY’S TO­TAL WA­TER CON­SUMP­TION IS OB­TAINED FROM GROUND­WA­TER

4%

OF WA­TER RE­SOURCES ARE CON­SUMED BY IN­VA­SIVE ALIEN PLANTS

37%

OF WA­TER IS LOST IN UR­BAN AR­EAS DUE TO LEAKS AND THEFT OF IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE

15 000

PLUMBERS ARE BE­ING TRAINED TO HELP RE­PAIR AND MAIN­TAIN IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE

1 900l

OF WA­TER IS USED TO PRO­DUCE ONE STEAK

250l

OF WA­TER IS USED TO PRO­DUCE ONE GLASS OF MILK

35l

OF WA­TER IS USED TO PRO­DUCE ONE AP­PLE

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