Africa to Experience Water Scarcity in Coming Decades – WHO

IPS News, 30 April 2007.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 25 African countries are expected to experience water scarcity or water stress in the next two or three decades.

Speaking at a two-day conference on Water Management Africa 2007 in Pretoria last week, WHO’s Ahmed Nejjar said the scarcity translates into 16 percent or 230 million of Africa's population facing water scarcity by 2025, and 32 percent or 460 million people living in water-stressed countries by that time.

Meanwhile, according to the Mvula Trust’s Johnson Klu, part of the solution lies in collecting and harnessing rain water. Klu said the trust has provided 750,000 South Africans with a basic level of water supply and over 500,000 with improved sanitation in the past five years in South Africa.

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