DRUM - - Ed's Note -

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

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