KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), under the leadership of MEC Sipho Hlomuka, is commemorating the National Water Week which started today. This important week-long event leads up to the World Water Day on 22 March and is dedicated to understanding how people value water and how it plays a role in their lives.
This year’s National Water Week is observed under the theme “Valuing Water”. The province’s water supply remains low as a result of the water scarcity due to drought and uneven rainfall in most parts of KZN. For this reason, Hlomuka has called on residents across the province to continue to use water wisely.
“As part of honouring the National Water Week when we reflect on the importance of water and how we utilise it, we plead with all residents in the province to continue to use water sparingly. Conserving water is important because it protects the environment. Conserving water means using our water supply wisely and being responsible. It will also protect our water resources for generations to come,” said Hlomuka.
Hlomuka has also appealed to residents to ensure that children are educated about the importance of saving water. The National Water Week is an annual water campaign that aims to educate the public about their responsibility in water conservation initiatives, raising awareness around the need to protect and conserve water resources.
The focus is also on taking action to tackle the global water crisis and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for All by 2030. By adopting even one of the following water-saving tips at school, in the workplace or at home, you can help to preserve our planet:
· Only flush the toilet when necessary.
· Do not use a lot of water when bathing.
· Use a container to minimise the waste of water before you shower.