It’s human not to think much about an issue until we find ourselves in a crisis. Our relationship with water is a prime example. Many of us fortunate enough to have ready access to water have taken it for granted. Easy access to water has fooled us into believing that water is something that flows from a tap when you open it. But water doesn’t come from a tap. By the time water flows into your glass, sink, shower or hosepipe, it has gone through a long and complex journey. It has started off as rain, progressed through catchment areas, streams, rivers, dams, municipal treatment plants, pumps and pipes and eventually arrived at its destination – from where it will start the cycle all over again in one form or another.
It may seem like water supply is endless, but the opposite is true. Water is a finite resource and it’s under threat. That’s why we all need to stop taking water for granted and start protecting it for the valuable, life-giving resource it is.
As a responsible bank, with a purpose to use our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society, Nedbank has made water stewardship a priority in all areas of our business. And we are committed to partnering with people, communities, businesses and government to build a community of conscious, concerned and purpose-driven water stewards who work together to save water in all areas of their lives. The Nedbank Water Savings Guide is intended to be one of the valuable tools in the water-saving arsenal of every household in South Africa.
The severe water shortages experienced in Cape Town and large parts of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo should be a wake-up call for all of us. None of us wants to be restricted to 50 litres of water or less a day. Nobody needs the stress of wondering whether today is going to be the day when we turn on the taps and nothing happens. It’s up to all of us to prevent this from becoming our reality. The responsibility for saving water doesn’t rest on the shoulders of government, municipalities or businesses. It lies with every single person living in South Africa.
So, if we don’t want a tomorrow without water, we need to do something about it today. And that means each doing our bit to save water wherever we can.