South Africa’s biggest cities are out of water, but the dams are full: what’s gone wrong

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South Africa’s “economic heartland” proved that water shortages can happen even if the dams are full. Taps have run dry in Gauteng’s major cities, with many areas receiving intermittent supplies and others receiving no water at all. It turned out that the water and sanitation infrastructures are old and the water resources are poorly managed. Some water pipes were installed nearly a century ago, and there’s been poor planning and a lack of financing to maintain ageing infrastructure to keep up with rapid urbanisation. Read full article here

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