SA has to tackle water losses

The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs is to publish a new, incentive-based “No Drop” report giving South African municipalities and residents a clear idea of how much water they’re using – and how much they’re wasting.

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“The aim of the report will be to increase water efficiency and leakage reduction from water supply networks, and will add to the already established Green Drop and Blue Drop reports,” department spokesperson Linda Page said this week.

Page said the first No Drop report would be published next year, with assessments due to be conducted across all municipalities in South Africa from October to March, with subsequent reports to be carried out every two years thereafter.

In South Africa, the 30th driest country in the world, water losses are estimated to cost the economy R7.2-billion per year.

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According to estimates in the National Treasury’s 2012 Budget Review, South Africa’s water demand will outstrip its supply by 2030.

“Inadequate maintenance and repairs of existing infrastructure, long response time to water leaks, and a culture of water wastage are some of the challenges facing the South African water sector,” Page said.

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