This year, the globally celebrated World Water Day is based on the theme of wastewater in an effort to draw closer attention to reducing and reusing wastewater, recognising that safely managed wastewater provides an affordable and sustainable source of water and in some cases energy.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has also dedicated the entire week (17-23 March), to National Water Week, to reiterate the value of water and the need for its sustainable management, especially in light of the country’s ongoing drought.
African water and wastewater solutions company Talbot & Talbot believe sustainable water solutions are possible through improved water management. The company said the design, construction and operation of its water and wastewater treatment plants help facilitate these sustainable solutions.
The South African Health Review 2016 highlights the country’s significant progress regarding access to water for all, with virtually all urban households and most rural households having access to piped water. However, water remains an alarmingly limited resource.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN-initiative launched in 2015 recognises the crucial role clean, safe water plays in eradicating extreme poverty, improving food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities. It includes ensuring access to water and sanitation for all as a key goal to reach by 2030 and places specific emphasis on improved wastewater management.