Report attributes high water usage in South Africa to the agriculture sector

Water demand is expected to exceed supply in South Africa by 17% in 2030, according to a report released on the eve of World Water Day by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Christine Colvin, Senior Manager, Fresh Water Unit at WWF says the City of Cape Town was quick and efficient to communicate and implement water restrictions in handling the water crisis.

I think we are in a relatively strong position in Cape Town with the steps that have been taken by provincial and metro and local government.

Christine Colvin, Senior Manager, Fresh Water Unit at WWF

Colvin said the need to bring in new technologies for more water-efficient irrigation and industrial processes to reduce demand from the big users is important. She says water conservation is necessary along the whole water value chain.

Listen to the full interview in the audio below:


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