World Wetlands Day was celebrated on Saturday, 2 February 2013. But here in South Africa there's not much to celebrate. As the 30th driest country in the world, we're in dire need of new policies to save our rapidly disappearing wetlands. Now, research commissioned by the Water Research Commission shows that half of South Africa's water goes down the drain. There are two ways you can save water in your workplace.
Nearly 50% of all tap water is being stolen, wasted or simply leaking away every year in South Africa.
'South Africa is a water-scarce country and we need every innovation to bring this scarce resource to the people. The role of wetlands in this regard cannot be underestimated', says Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi on Bizcommunity.
Do your bit to protect our wetlands as we're facing a water crisis!
As one of the driest nations in the world, decisive action and stronger political will is needed to solve the problem and avert a 'potential water crisis', reports Tony Carnie on IOL's website.
The highest volumes of water loss are from large cities and towns, which collectively account for about 85% of the country's tap water use.
That's why as a health, safety and environment (HSE) officer, it's your duty to protect the environment to ensure your company complies with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
Here are two ways your company can meet its duty of protecting the environment by saving water
1. Put a rain catcher tank on your property and use the water you catch towater your grass, says a commenteron IOL's website.
2. Save water by repairing leaking taps.'If it's the hot water tap that's leaking, it could cost you around R340 a year – and that's if it's a small leak of between one to five drops a minute,' writes Karin Iten on the FSP Business website.
Implement these two ways to save water and ensure your company is OHSA compliant!