[LISTEN] 'There could be a 17% water supply and demand gap by 2030'


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South Africans need to start saving water or face water load shedding, this is according to the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday expressed concerns over the consumption of water in the country.

She stated that her department will unveil a master plan in November aimed at dealing with water challenges in the country.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Minister Sisulu's adviser Trevor Balzer and World Wildlife Fund South Africa freshwater programmes manager Christine Colvin about the water crisis the country is facing.

I would put it in the context of needing to be concerned. Our current water usage in South Africa generally, if we carry on on the current trajectory by 2030 we could have a 17% gap between supply and demand.

Trevor Balzer, Adviser to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Balzer says the genesis of the gap between supply and demand is due to delay in implementing some projects.

We are also dealing with a growing population which we haven't kept pace with.

Trevor Balzer, Adviser to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

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Colvin says the country does not have a water crisis but an implementation crisis.

Where we do have a crisis is a crisis of implementation. We have a very strong planning process but we haven't seen adequate implementation.

Christine Colvin, Freshwater programmes manager - World Wildlife Fund South Africa

We know that we have a lot of ageing and failing infrastructure in our water sector around the country. We know that we have high levels of losses through leakages around the country.

Christine Colvin, Freshwater programmes manager - World Wildlife Fund South Africa

A national average of non-revenue of water is around 39%.

Christine Colvin, Freshwater programmes manager - World Wildlife Fund South Africa

Listen to the full discussion below...

This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] 'There could be a 17% water supply and demand gap by 2030'

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