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Did you know that large-scale cultivation of mono-crops such as sugarcane can reduce the amount of water available in rivers, wetlands and aquifers. These crops use more water than the natural vegetation and so the stream flow can be reduced. Sustainable farming of these crops needs to accommodate buffer zones around rivers and wetlands. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151708978184364

Did you know that large-scale cultivation of mono-crops such as sugarcane can reduce the amount of water available in rivers, wetlands and aquifers. These crops use more water than the natural vegetation and so the stream flow can be reduced. Sustainable farming of these crops needs to accommodate buffer zones around rivers and wetlands. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151708978184364

Ask for tap: The price of bottled water is 500 to 1000 times that of tap water. It can take up to three litres of ‘natural’ water to produce one litre of bottled water. Overall, South Africa has world-class quality drinking water so unless you are travelling or unsure about the quality of water in your area, ditch the bottled water. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151708317524364

Ask for tap: The price of bottled water is 500 to 1000 times that of tap water. It can take up to three litres of ‘natural’ water to produce one litre of bottled water. Overall, South Africa has world-class quality drinking water so unless you are travelling or unsure about the quality of water in your area, ditch the bottled water. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151708317524364

Save water: An estimated 37% of water is lost from leaks in urban supply systems. Using rainwater channelled from gutters or a rain water tank can minimise the losses from piped systems. It is also untreated water so it has a lower carbon footprint. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151706671689364

Save water: An estimated 37% of water is lost from leaks in urban supply systems. Using rainwater channelled from gutters or a rain water tank can minimise the losses from piped systems. It is also untreated water so it has a lower carbon footprint. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151706671689364

Cut down your food waste: We consume most water indirectly through the food we eat and things we buy. For instance, it takes 1 000 litres of water to make 1 litre of milk. By being more aware of how much we really need, we can cut down on food waste and in turn save water while reducing our carbon footprint. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151705721194364

Cut down your food waste: We consume most water indirectly through the food we eat and things we buy. For instance, it takes 1 000 litres of water to make 1 litre of milk. By being more aware of how much we really need, we can cut down on food waste and in turn save water while reducing our carbon footprint. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151705721194364

Be more water wise: Less than 1% of the water treated by public water systems is used for drinking and cooking. Make your home water efficient. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151704151579364

Be more water wise: Less than 1% of the water treated by public water systems is used for drinking and cooking. Make your home water efficient. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151704151579364

Recycle, reuse: Generally, 40-60% of clean drinkable household water is used for non-essential purposes such as watering gardens and filling swimming pools. Rather recycle water for the purpose of watering your garden and other non-essential use. You can install a rain water tank and install a grey water system so as to recycle water. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151703880029364

Recycle, reuse: Generally, 40-60% of clean drinkable household water is used for non-essential purposes such as watering gardens and filling swimming pools. Rather recycle water for the purpose of watering your garden and other non-essential use. You can install a rain water tank and install a grey water system so as to recycle water. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151703880029364

South Africa’s freshwater ecosystems have been mapped and classified as National Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas (NFEPAs). This work shows that 60% of our river ecosystems are threatened and 23% are critically endangered. The situation for wetlands is even worse: 65% of our wetland types are threatened, and 48% are critically endangered. How do you honour the Earth and preserve these valuable ecosystems? https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151702924569364

South Africa’s freshwater ecosystems have been mapped and classified as National Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas (NFEPAs). This work shows that 60% of our river ecosystems are threatened and 23% are critically endangered. The situation for wetlands is even worse: 65% of our wetland types are threatened, and 48% are critically endangered. How do you honour the Earth and preserve these valuable ecosystems? https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151702924569364

Only 8% of the land area of South Africa generates more than half of our river flow.  This 8% is made up of 21 strategic water source areas, which together with critical source areas in Lesotho and Swaziland (which hold another 4%), form our key water production areas. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151702422859364

Only 8% of the land area of South Africa generates more than half of our river flow. This 8% is made up of 21 strategic water source areas, which together with critical source areas in Lesotho and Swaziland (which hold another 4%), form our key water production areas. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151702422859364

The main threats to our strategic water source areas are caused by mining activities creating acid mine drainage; alien vegetation invading natural biodiversity and climate change where impacts such as higher temperatures result in plants needing more water and increasing evaporation rates. We all have a role to play in protecting our natural environment. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151701082129364

The main threats to our strategic water source areas are caused by mining activities creating acid mine drainage; alien vegetation invading natural biodiversity and climate change where impacts such as higher temperatures result in plants needing more water and increasing evaporation rates. We all have a role to play in protecting our natural environment. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151701082129364

Did you know that the availability of freshwater is one of the major limiting factors to South Africa’s development? We are a water-scarce country where supply is likely to exceed demand by 2025. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151700847454364

Did you know that the availability of freshwater is one of the major limiting factors to South Africa’s development? We are a water-scarce country where supply is likely to exceed demand by 2025. https://www.facebook.com/WWFSA/posts/10151700847454364

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