UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

AI solutions may enhance SA’s water security

Water scarcity is a pressing concern in South Africa, ranked the 39th driest globally and experiencing low precipitation levels in the Southern African region. Despite having adequate water resources, household water security (HWS) remains a significant challenge because of several anthropogenic factors.

Recent cholera outbreaks, disheartening findings in the 2023 Blue Drop Watch Report, and a notorious 58-hour water outage by Rand Water have highlighted the pressing need to improve household access to clean water. Addressing these challenges requires innovative solutions, and integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in water management systems shows promise in transforming South Africa’s water security landscape.


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