'South Africa is a water-scarce country and we need every innovation to bring this scarce resource to the people,'said Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi on Bizcommunity on World Wetlands Day earlier this month.
So you'd think this would be top of government's agenda.
But the World Wide Fund for Nature SA (WWF-SA) says President Zuma's State of the Nation Address last week fell short on addressing important water conservation issues like this, reports IOL.
The WWF-SA had hoped the president would deal explicitly with the conflict between conserving water sources and exploiting coal in his State of the Nation Address.
Especially as we need to do all we can to avert a 'potential water crisis', reports IOL's website, and there are constant concerns that acid mine drainage (AMD) from mining is leading to drinking water contamination.
As a result, global mining companies may see increased pressure on their credit ratings as environmental issues including water scarcity add to capital and operating costs, says Moody's Investors Service in the Business Report.
But it's not just AMD contaminating our water.
Accidental water pollution happens in many sources, such as burst pipes and tanks, major leaks, fires and oil spills, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
As a health, safety and environment officer, it's your duty to protect the environment by saving water, to ensure your company complies with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
You can make sure your company helps with water conservation in the following three ways
1. Educate your staff about water conservation;
2. Implement a water recycling programme at your workplace; and
3. Take action to solve anything that would affect water conservation, like leaking taps in your office bathrooms.
By doing your bit to address the cause of the water conservation in your office, we might be able to make a difference!
If you don't have a HSE Rep then your company will not be in compliance with the OHSA when it comes to protecting the environment.
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