Many of us in South Africa are unaware of just how precious and important water is. If we were, we would be much vigilant about preserving and conserving it. Let’s all take a serious look at the facts about water and perhaps then we’ll realise its significance and learn to give it the respect it deserves and not waste it (‘Every day is our Day Zero’, 8 February).
South Africa is classified as a semi-arid country. Annually we receive about 492mm of rainfall – almost half the global average of 985mm. There’s an uneven distribution of rainfall across the country and our hot, dry climate causes excessive evaporation – and as our population increases so will our water demands. All this puts great pressure on our limited water resources. Let’s all do our bit to save this precious resource, as we – and the plants and animals – need it for survival. MCDIVETT KHUMBULANI TSHEHLA, EMAIL