This module contains information on the importance of water, ways to collect and conserve it, and to keep water supplies safe. This topic looks at the hows and whys of living with wildlife.
Water is the single most valuable resource we have. We all depend on it for drinking, growing and cooking food, and keeping clean. We know when we have a problem with water – when we have to fetch it from far away, when we must carry heavy containers long distances, when there is not enough to go around, or when it is dirty and unsafe to drink.
Large areas of Africa receive little rainfall for much of the year, so even though Africa covers 20% of the world’s land area, it only has 9% of global freshwater resources. Most Africans use only a fraction of the water available each day to people in industrialised countries. Finding ways to conserve and manage the water that is available is vitally important.