Water Week 2011

Every year South Africa celebrates National Water Week in the month of March which also features the World Water Day on the 22 March. The aim is to raise awareness among South Africans about the role of water in social and economic development including the need to get citizens to change their attitudes towards water use.

This year’s SA Water Week celebrations coincide with South Africa hosting the United Nations World Water Day celebrations in Cape Town on the 22 March 2011. The United Nations Habitat, UN Water and the African Ministers Council on Water {AMCOW} have collaborated to host this historic event on our shores to highlight the plight of city dwellers with regard to water. A range of issues will be discussed focusing on options for tackling urban water and sanitation challenges facing the African continent.

The overall theme: Water for Cities – Responding to the Urban Challenge will be the compass for discussions
and celebrations during this campaign. Some of the activities we can get involved in during the awareness include:

• To adopt and clean dirty rivers in our areas
• Report leaking and burst pipes
• Fix leaking taps in our yards and homes
• Avoid watering our gardens with hosepipes for long periods and during the middle of the day
• Use buckets to wash our cars instead of the hosepipes
• Report any illegal abstraction of water from rivers and other water sources for commercial or domestic use
• Report industries and individuals that dumReport industries and individuals that dump their toxic waste in our rivers

What will you do to save water?

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