Water is the most precious natural resource available to us. South Africa is a water scarce country which receives an average rainfall of 464mm per annum. This translates to just over half the global average of 860mm per annum. As the population continues to grow water shortages will become a common occurrence given that over 95% of the countries potable water has already been dammed. In short, by as early as 2013 the demand for water in South Africa will outweigh the supply.
When it comes to the management of South Africa's water supply consensus suggests that supply-side management of the limited water resources will ensure the provision of water to all users. This form of management alone however, is insufficient as an effective long term water management tool. We believe that it is necessary to adopt a dual approach to water management. Water Demand Management is a policy for the water sector that stresses making better use of existing supplies, rather than developing new ones. Water Demand Management lowers the pressure placed on limited water resources by the end user. This is achieved by reducing the end users demand for water.
Guided by the principles of Water Demand Management Green Balance Consulting offers a variety of water management options which can be adopted by the public, private, and commercial sectors in order to reduce overall demand for water.