Water availability in South Africa varies greatly from the very dry regions in the west where the annual rainfall can be as low as 100mm, to the East / Southeast where the rainfall averages 1000mm annually.
Conservation is high on the list of priorities, especially in the drier regions where water is never taken for granted. In some of the rural areas, it is estimated that women spend as much as one-third of their day fetching water from streams, wells and water points set up by the local municipalities. Where possible, rainwater is harvested and stored in huge containers and / or groundwater is pumped by means of windmills. The water is used sparingly for cooking and washing, as well as watering livestock.
Pictured below is a weary little traveller gratefully quenching its thirst by sipping drops of water from the tip of my daughter’s finger.