Water Scarcity and its Effects
Know the water facts, then Act…
• At any one time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne diseases.
• Over one-third of the world’s population has no access to sanitation facilities.
• In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
• 1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
• In developing countries, it is common for water collectors, usually women and girls, to have to walk several kilometers every day to fetch water. Once filled, pots and jerry cans weigh as much as 20kg (44lbs).
Why we have a responsibility to act
• Only 1% of the total water resources on earth are available for human use. While 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water, 97.5% of that is salt water. Of the remaining 2.5% that is freshwater, almost 68.7% is frozen in ice caps and glaciers.
• Canada controls about 20% of the earth’s fresh water.
• Up to 30% of fresh water supplies are lost due to leakage in developed countries, and in some major cities, losses can run as high as 40% to 70%.
• About 90% of sewage and 70% of industrial wastes in developing countries are discharged into water courses without treatment, often polluting the usable water supply.
• A person living in Sub-Saharan Africa uses about 10-20 (2.6-5.26 gallons) litres of water a day; on average, a Canadian uses 326 litres (86 gallons) a day.
It may seem strange to be speaking about the effects of running out of water with all the rain we have experienced in Gauteng over the past two months, but this still remains a serious threat going forward.
We believe that we are capable, of not only tapping into the resources that Mother Nature provides, but also utilising our own Grey Water Diversion systems, to maximise the use of water that is supplied to us free of charge. Our systems cater for everything from capturing rainwater during the summer months, to using our Garden Rhapsody system for irrigation of our gardens during the winter months. Even the water you have been wasting, back-washing your pool, can be saved and re-used, thereby ensuring that your Eco-footprint is reduced.