840 million people can’t access safe water: World Water Council

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According to the World Water Council, more than 840 million people worldwide do not have access to safe water.

Thursday world marks world water day, many activists are using this day to educate people about the significance of this day and how people can help in saving water.


The World Water Forum and its creator, the World Water Council, have played key roles in ensuring recognition for Sustainable Development Goal.

In South Africa, Cape Town has been the hardest hit, forcing the provincial government to embark on plans to implement Day Zero. In the mother city, dam levels are at just over 22% capacity.

Shortly after Day Zero was announced, people flocked to big retailers to buy bottled water in bulk to avoid being affected by taps running dry.

Fortunately, Cape Town residents never experience a single day were Day Zero was implemented.


The City of Cape Town was expected to run out of water as early as July.

Across the globe, some of the most pressing problems surrounding water are not about quantity, but quality.

Earlier this year, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said people in parts of Limpopo were fetching water from a polluted dam.

More than 10 Heads of State have travelled to Brazil to participate in high-level panels, and more than 200 sessions, were the future of water security was mapped out for the next three years.

The current drought and water scarcity being experienced across South Africa has been declared a national disaster by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize.