The Perceptions of Water Poverty Related Current Issues in South Africa


  • Charles van der Vyver


Global demand for water is on the increase, and this places increasing pressure on already scarce global supplies. This research aims to determine the perceptions regarding current and future water poverty related issues. All the members of staff of a faculty at one of the leading universities in South Africa formed the participants for this research. A quantitative study was conducted and questionnaires were distributed to the entire population. The research found that although a fair level of awareness does exist, people seem unaware of the impact they can have simply by changing their own water consumption habits. A lot can therefore still be done in an attempt to ensure future supply, both through continuing education, and by elevating water poverty and conservation on the national and international agenda. Future research should focus on evaluating current awareness campaigns and adapting them to ensure relevance and maximum impact.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2014.v3n4p57


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van der Vyver, C. (2014). The Perceptions of Water Poverty Related Current Issues in South Africa. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 3(4), 57. Retrieved from



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