Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
4 Jun 2020
2:13 pm

South Africans urged to save water as climate change becomes new normal

Nica Richards

National water storage declined again this week, but small changes in consumer behaviour could help mitigate continued water losses.

Picture for illustrative purposes. Two workers from the Thuru Lodge game farm dispose of the carcass of a dead animal on the farm near Groblershoop, South Africa, on 16 January 2020. Picture: Guillem Sartorio/AFP

A recent media release by the department of water and sanitation (DWS) depicted a bleak countrywide dam level update and reignited the importance of saving water regularly. South Africa is feeling the effects of the winter season, especially inland regions, where rainfall is irregular at best until summer returns. National water storage declined once again this week by 0.2%, from 70.3% last week to the current 70.1%. This time last year, water storage was at 72%. DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau attributed some of the water storage decline to the current necessity for people to wash their hands regularly. Although it...