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Iceberg ahead: SA wastes R9bn worth of water a year


Iceberg ahead: SA wastes R9bn worth of water a year

Experts say SA uses water as though we were a water-abundant country when, in reality, we’re in a crisis


SA loses R9bn worth of potable water a year, and experts say this is because we act like we are a water-rich country when we are in fact in a major crisis.

Trevor Balzer, former deputy director of the department of water and sanitation (DWS) and current advising member to the presidential economic advisory panel on water and sanitation, revealed that between 35% and 41% of water was unaccounted for annually.

The water loss equates to about 40% revenue cost that is about R9bn a year...

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