Sobering Facts On World Water Day
Despite the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 which safer water for all 2030 they state that ‘billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive’.
It is the vulnerable – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others, who struggle the most in accessing the safe H2O they need.
- In 2018, some 319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa did not have access to a H2O point that had good hygienic conditions.
- The highest consumption was reported for Gauteng at 305 litres per person per day, while Limpopo averaged the lowest at 182 litres.
- South Africa is the 39th driest country in the world
- South Africa has less H2O available per resident than Botswana and Namibia, home to the Kalahari and Namib deserts
- There is the same amount of H2O on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed
- Nearly 97% of the world’s H2O is salty or otherwise undrinkable.
- 68.7% of the fresh H2O on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
- There is more H2O in the atmosphere than in all of our rivers combined.
- If all of the vapor in our planet’s atmosphere fell as water at once and spread out evenly, it would only cover the globe with about an inch of liquid.
Water Saving Tips For Our Water Scarce Country:
- Limit your Shower time
- Switch off taps while Shaving or Brushing your Teeth
- Only wash Plates when Necessary
- Fix any Leaks
- Watering your Garden when the sun is down
- Watering your plants with recycled H2O
- Use grey water to Flush Toilets.
Source: Africa Check, www.treehugger.com, www3.epa.gov, www.educonnect.co.za