• Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the past century.
  • About 70% of freshwater is used for irrigation, 22% for industry and about 8% for domestic use.
  • One in six people worldwide do not have access to safe freshwater.
  • According to the UN, each person needs 20-50 litres of safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
  • Each person only requires 2-4 litres of water a day for drinking, but it takes 2 000 to 5 000 litres of water to produce enough food for one person for one day.
  • A hundred litres of water is required for a five-minute shower.
  • A hundred and forty five litres of water is required to produce one soft drink.
  • Over a thousand litres of water is required to produce one hamburger.
  • Africa has 9% of the world’s global water resources.
  • Johannesburg Water experiences 3500 sewage blockages a month.
  • Ninety-eight percent of Joburg residents have a reliable water supply.