MBOMBELA- Water is life, hence the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has declared March as the month to highlight the importance of water in all aspects of life.
This declaration is to go hand in hand with the ongoing celebrations of Human Right Day, as access to water is a basic human right.
The minister for the departement, Nomvula Mokonyane has called upon all South Africans to do introspection and change the way they use water.
She urged citizens of the country to strive to conserve the little water available as South Africa is ranked among the 30 driest countries in the world.
Mokonyane hence called on every household to harvest and store rainwater. It can be used for most household chores, including watering of gardens and washing of cars.
The department in partnership with various water sectors will continue to remind the public on the importance of water conservation. This will be done through water awareness campaigns termed Water Weeks celebrations from March 14 until the World Water Day celebration on March 22.
This year’s National Water Week theme is “Water for people, water by people” and the key message is “Water has no substitute”.
Mokonyane recently launched the National Water Week with a prayer session in the Eastern Cape. This is an annual awareness campaign that serves as a powerful campaign in reiterating the value of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource and the role water plays in eradicating poverty and underdevelopment in South Africa.
The campaign seeks to continue building on the ongoing awareness creation within the broader South African community.
This awareness creation is coupled with the responsibility that every citizen must take in ensuring the integrity of our water resources and its efficient use.
“The key objectives of the National Water Week include, mobilising stakeholders to join in the department’s efforts to reduce
A water consumption and water wastage.
Embarking on education and awareness programmes to instil a sense of responsibility and appreciation of water and reassuring South Africans that the quality of the country’s water ranks among the best in the world and therefore it’s safe for human consumption and creating awareness on the prolonged drought,” explained