The eThekwini municipality is the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, encompassing a wide geographic area that includes rolling hills and gorges, warm beaches and coastal forests. While the metro is known for its urban centres, 60% of the metro comprises of rural areas, with many communities lying on the periphery of these urban nodes.
eThekwini is the fastest growing metro in the province, if not, in the country. You only have to drive along our national highways, or take a journey further afield, and you will come across the building of large-scale infrastructure, that would normally be seen in larger urban cities. For these large-scale infrastructure development projects to take place, consistent access to water, is essential.
With much of the province awash in shades of green, it’s easy to believe that we have fully emerged from the devastating four-year drought, which began in 2015. And while rainfall has increased, and dam levels have risen, we must not forget the lessons learnt over those four years. Conserving water in a water scarce country is vital for our continued growth.
Poor water security, and water scarcity, has a far-reaching effect, impacting individuals, communities, the poor and vulnerable, corporate entities, and infrastructure development projects. It affects health and sanitation, food security and the price of food, education, and quality of life.
While the eThekwini Municipality’s Northern and Western Aqueduct Project will bring much-needed bulk water supplies to its citizens, our role in conserving water is still paramount to long term water security.
European Union (EU)
Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA)
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)