Be vig­i­lant with wa­ter

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - COMMENT -

Many of us in South Africa are un­aware of just how pre­cious and im­por­tant wa­ter is.

If we did and if we do, we would be much more vig­i­lant about pre­serv­ing and con­serv­ing it oth­er­wise we would be made and forced to pay for it.

Let’s all take a se­ri­ous look at the facts about wa­ter. Per­haps then we will re­alise its sig­nif­i­cance and change our at­ti­tudes to wa­ter and learn to give it the re­spect it de­serves and not waste it.

South Africa is clas­si­fied as a semi­arid coun­try, mak­ing us lucky be­cause an­nu­ally we re­ceive about 492mm of rain­fall, al­most half of the world’s 985mm.

This is an un­even dis­tri­bu­tion of rain­fall across the coun­try. 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. In­stead of fill­ing tub full, rather use a shower. As for the car wash­ers, use a bucket rather than a hosepipe.

Let’s re­spect wa­ter as it’s our life.

From us hu­man be­ings to an­i­mals and plants, we all need wa­ter for our sur­vival.

Wa­ter is pre­cious – it’s our life.

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