n Water&Sanitation Africa - Preparing for drought : editor's comment

Volume 10 Number 6
  • ISSN : 1990-8857


THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER and Sanitation (DWS) recently confirmed that South Africa is in the early throes of a three-year drought. Research released in Stockholm in September at the World Water Week event indicated that below average rainfall will persist, deepening the existing water crisis. The DWS has officially declared some parts of the country, especially in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, disaster zones. Mitigation strategies include the fast-tracking of dam building projects as well as educational initiatives around South Africa as to how citizens can save water. Climate change and El Niño weather conditions have been identified as the main culprits behind anomalous weather. When these effects are compounded by existing shortages, the situation becomes critical.

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