The Real South African Water Crisis


The South African water shortage is a topic most South Africans talk about often. In 2014, water shortages were first noticed by the government and water restrictions were then put into practice. Residence were first asked to use certain amounts of water at certain times of the day and then they were asked to use less water, not water their gardens, not wash their own cars or use alternate water sources when washing their cars, and eventually, residence were told that they’d be fined if they used more than a certain amount of water.

This all seems extremely fair considering the “water shortage”.

For the past month and a half, there’s been, according to most of South Africa, an overload of rain. To the extent that floods in areas such as, North West Province, Johannesburg East and Kwazulu-Natal, were caused. Because of this month’s rain, most dams such as the Vaal Dam and the Grootdraai Dam, have been filled to capacity.

Many roads and homes have also been implicated because of the rain.

This then brings us to question, are we going to blame the rain for recent unfortunate activities, or are we going to see the crisis for what it is? Poor infrastructure.

Here are some questions around the real South African Water crisis:

  • Firstly, if there really was a water shortage, how come it took the country’s rain only a month and a half, or two months to be fair, to “fix” the problem?
  • Secondly, since more people were moved into the cities, were there dams built to accommodate for the growing population?
  • Thirdly, road and home floods started when the heavy rain only began. Where did all that water go to? And is there a direct drainage system for water to run through or an alternate water storage system incase our main water storage is filled?
  • Why were coastal provinces affected by the water shortage more than provinces that aren’t close to the coast?
  • And lastly, is the South African government really truly aware of the South African water crisis and its’ implications? Are they being transparent about the implications of water shortage or an overload thereof with South Africans, as we expect them to be?

Some South Africans have taken to social media about the matter, but it hasn’t been addressed, as most situations are in South Africa. Tag Talisa on social media and tell us what you think about the obvious questions around The Real South African Crisis. Also, for an alternate water supply, contact Talisa for Atmospheric Water Generators, where clean, safe drinking water is readily available.