Southern Africa’s water demands are on the rise, as a rapidly growing and urbanising population, changing lifestyles, and economic growth place increasing pressure on this resource. The result is a growing water crisis worsened by insufficient water infrastructure maintenance and investment, recurrent droughts and floods driven by climatic variation, inequities in access to services, deteriorating raw water quality, and a lack of skilled water practitioners.
WISA believes that in order to address these challenges, the sector needs to have #AllHandsOnDeck. The WISA 2020 Biennial Conference and Exhibition will, therefore, provide a platform for these issues to be discussed, solutions shared and decisions taken in a pledge to action. #AllHandsOnDeck calls for local and regional players to work together towards a sustainable water future, and WISA 2020 aims to speed up delivery and bring purposeful feedback to the leadership of South Africa.