South African Water Facts



In our hopes to create some more awareness about National Water Week, RiverBlogger has compiled a list of interesting South African Water Facts that might catch your attention:

Riviera on Vaal for National Water Week

Riviera on Vaal for National Water Week

  • The WWF has identified that 11 out of 19 water management areas in South Africa have water supply problems.
  • According to the WWF 12 to 14 million South Africans do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • If we continue using water at the same rate we currently do, we might run out of drinking water before 2040. How scary is that?
  • Water is reusable, but not renewable.
  • The average rainfall for South Africa is 500mm, while the world average is a much higher 860mm.
  • You can survive about a month without food, but you can’t go without water for much longer than five to seven days.
  • According to a report done in 2009 Gauteng might face water shortage this year (2013).
  • Most of South Africa’s water is used for irrigation.
  • South Africa’s agriculture sector accounts for about 60% of the country’s water usage.
  • The total annual surface runoff of water in South Africa is an estimated 43 to 48 km³, of which most is lost due to flood spillage. This means that the surface water resources add up to only about 14 km³ per year.
  • Available groundwater in South Africa is an estimated 1 km³ per year.
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