18 May 2014
By Londiwe Buthelezi
Johannesburg - It has been said that the next world war will be fought over water. South Africa can attest to that premonition having had to calm a number of protests since the acid mine drainage woes in Carolina, Mpumalanga, and with at least four lives lost in the recent water crisis in Brits.
Being a water scarce country, South Africa is vulnerable to water contamination and it should be maximising the use of its wastewater. Africa’s energy and water leaders joined forces to discuss challenges faced by these two sectors in the annual African Utility Week in Cape Town last week.
South Africa is facing a serious challenge of water losses. The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs and the Water Research Commission’s research published last year showed that from leaks alone, water losses in the country amount to approximately R7.2 billion a year.
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