Water Facts

  • 9% of South Africa’s rainfall goes into rivers and surface water
  • 490mm – South Africa’s annual rainfall is half the world average
  • 37% of water is lost in the current urban infrastructure
  • 1663 – The year South Africa’s oldest dam was built
  • 6000 litres – South Africa’s minimum free basic water allowance per month per household
  • 66% of all water consumption in South Africa is by farmers who are the biggest direct users of water

Source: WWF – Rethinking South Africa’s Water Future: Facts and Futures