Aug 8, 2022

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Investment in water security needed now, says Amnesty on looming crisis in SA

Water infrastructure and technology are in urgent need of government investment to ensure the resource is stored and used efficiently, says Amnesty International SA.

Therefore, a supply shortfall of around 17% is expected by 2030 .

“Water scarcity in South Africa continues to be exacerbated by a lack of investment in infrastructure or technology and the climate crisis, yet the government is doing very little to mitigate the impact this will have on everyone living in the country” , said Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty SA.

SA is predicted to face the largest water crisis the country has experienced in the next decade, aggravated by:

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  • Projections suggest that the impacts of climate change will cause average rainfall in South Africa to fall by 10%, increasing surface water runoff by 50-7% by 2025 5% is reduced.
  • Thirty-seven percent clean drinking water Water is lost and wasted through poor infrastructure, such as B. leaking pipes, and is particularly prevalent in drought-prone areas such as Nelson Mandela Bay, where an estimated 29% of subway water losses are caused by leaks.
  • Economic water scarcity caused by lack of investment in infrastructure or technology to extract water from rivers, aquifers or other water sources
  • In KwaZulu-Natal, the state of eThekwini’s water infrastructure was already in a precarious state before the April floods, said Mohamed and added experts interviewed by Amnesty SA, who reported that regular maintenance of the water infrastructure could have mitigated some of the damage that had occurred.

    In Nelson Mandela Bay, Amnesty SA said: “The city government declared the city’s day zero in the Breaking speed by failing to ensure no water is lost through thousands of subway leaks.”

    Although the city is involved he facing water crisis, Nelson Mandela Bay is losing about 29% of its water supply through leaks. “The subway has been facing a drought since 2016, so there is no excuse for the lack of maintenance to fix the water leaks,” said Amnesty SA.

    Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, who oversees the subway Bahn Visited said earlier this week the fight against leaks is one of the government’s drought interventions. He said the community had closed 2,774 of the more than 3,000 leaks reported. He gave the subway until Friday to sort out the rest.

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