Monday, March 5, 2012 - Sunday, March 11, 2012

World Water Day was declared an international day in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first celebrated in 1993. Clean water is essential to the health and sustainability of the environment, people and agriculture. Increasing demand due to factors such as population growth is putting enormous pressure on this scarce but precious resource. Many natural resources are found in abundance in South Africa except for water, and it is this resource that is essential for all life forms on Earth. South Africa's water supply is variable and distributed unevenly in time (frequent droughts alternate with periods of good rainfall) and space (the eastern half of the country is markedly wetter than the western half). The increase in demand for good quality water requires careful management and is a priority as it has been estimated that by 2025, there will be insufficient water supply for domestic, agricultural and industrial use in South Africa. By celebrating World Water Day and National Water Week, it is hoped to focus attention on the need to address the problems regarding the supply of drinking water; increase public awareness about the importance of conservation and protection of water resources; and, increase government's, non-governmental organisations and the private sector's participation in World Water Day celebrations.

When: Monday, March 5, 2012 - Sunday, March 11, 2012
Contact: Department: Water Affairs (DWA). Private Bag X313, Pretoria, 0001. Tel: (012) 336 7500.