Water Wednesday: Water, sanitation and hygiene awareness

As part of Sanitation month awareness, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will embark on a number of activities to educate the communities within Umzimkhulu as well as in other district municipalities within KZN about the importance of Sanitation, Health and Hygiene.

The campaign forms part of the National Sanitation Week campaign which will start from 15 to 19 May 2017 and will be celebrated under the theme “Sanitation for Health and Dignity”.

The main objective of celebrating National Sanitation Week is to increase awareness of the importance of sanitation to one’s daily lifestyle, health and dignity. Access to clean water and sanitation has improved for people worldwide, thanks to increased global efforts and technologies.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane spoke to SABC about the vision and future goals for water and sanitation infrastructure during the World Economic Forum that took place in Durban:

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 92 percent.

The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week increased to 21 percent from last week’s 20%.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:

The National dam water storage graph showing the trends since 1981:

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.


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