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Drinking water in South Africa

DDrinking water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so it is advised you take precautions if necessary. Some rural areas make use of borehole systems which source found water and store them in containers before being purified by the water system connected to your tap. 

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintains that South Africa’s national standard of water quality can be compared to that of the World Health Organisation standards.

According to statistics South Africa approximately 89, 4% if South African households have access to piped water. On a national level; 62 % of the household rated the quality of water- related services they received as “good”. The maintenance of clean water is provided by locally- based water service authorities, which regularly monitor the quality of drinking water in South Africa. These authorities are also rated by the department according to the Blue Drop Certification System. Raw water undergoes an extensive purification process at Rand Water (water sanitation hub) that ensures that citizens receive water that is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. As a precaution avoid drinking water from streams and rivers, especially in areas where there is human habitation as they may carry water-borne diseases.

Should you find yourself in an unlikely position of not having clean water on hand, you can disinfect the water yourself by boiling it for a maximum of 10 minutes.  Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of bleach per 25 litres or a teaspoon of chlorine granules per 200l. In both the latter cases, allow the water to stand for 2 hours. The survivalist method is to expose the water to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours in a transparent container with a small airspace, shaking after filling and every hour after that.

For on-the-go situations, you could always grab bottled water at a supermarket or garage. Bottled water is available from a number of brands, some of them well-known international names. Your choice includes still and sparkling waters and a range of fruit flavoured variants.  

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The Drakensberg, south, central and north, is traversed by hiking trails that take in the natural beauty of the mountains and their endemic wildlife. From forest meanders to chain ladders anchored to steep buttresses, there are hikes that will appeal to beginner and expert, along with everyone in between. The Drakensberg Mountains – Ukhahlamba or 'barrier of spears' in isiZulu – extends for more than 200km across South Africa, creating a veritable wonderland of day hikes. Go ahead and put the exquisite Drakensberg on your must do SA list. Incredible image from @bouch_ #MeetSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #Drakensberg #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica

A Sunday spent at Robberg Reserve is how every Sunday should be spent. Filled with amazing landscapes and endless beauty Robberg will make you think it's straight out of a story book. Come and take sometime and enjoy the ultimate coastal vacation filled with a variety of activities to last you a lifetime. Thanks for the incredible image @sharynhodges #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #RobbergReserve #adventure

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, ranks among the most beautiful in the world. With its larger-than-life mountain overlooking the City Bowl, harbour, white beaches and Robben Island beyond, this is a tourist's playground. World Heritage Sites, the sprawling Winelands, untouched nature reserves, beautiful botanic gardens and a buzzing waterfront are just the start of your adventure when you visit this special city. All of the above and more are what makes Cape Town the gem it truly is- come and discover this majestic city. Thanks for the stunning image @fivestaralliance #MeetSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #capetown #Adventure #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #Wonderlustsouthafrica #travelsouthafrica #WesternCape

It's the weekend, is your squad ready? Don’t just go on a safari and see the Big 5 get the whole experience and camp out at Kruger National Park. Maybe you’ve already stayed at one of the Kruger National Park’s many camps, but have you considered sleeping out in one of their overnight hides? The two hides – Sabie, near Phalaborwa Gate, and Shipandani, near Mopani Camp – are very basic but you’ll have a thrilling African bush experience. The Kruger National Park has accommodation suitable for all budgets, from camping to extreme luxury, but now there’s the wonderful opportunity to camp out in one of the park's overnight hides. Thank you @jessicampesino for the awesome snap. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #safari #KrugerNationalPark #Big5 #CampingSafari

Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg is the perfect venue for both business and leisure tourists. The resort is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, roaming herds of blesbok and impala and 5 dams stocked with trout and bass. It offers a variety of sports and cultural activities. This resort set in the tranquil surrounds of the Central Drakensberg, with magnificent views of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, combines high-tech conferencing, luxury accommodation and first-rate leisure activities. BEST TIME TO VISIT The Drakensberg is a year-round destination - although it can be cool in winter, especially when there is snow on the mountains. Great snap from @suthcrank. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #Drakensberg #adventure

The Victoria Street Market in Durban is unique in South Africa. Barrels of Indian spices and incense infuse the air of this flea market and a visit is essential for those who want to experience Durban's relaxed Afro-Oriental atmosphere and pick up some great bargains. The market is a melting pot of vibrancy and you’ll definitely walk out with a souvenir or two. Great image from @mayajama by @saunderscb. #MeetSouthAfrica Follow @mayajama, @saunderscb & @aliceliveing on their epic South African road trip through the hashtag #BakkieStories and explore South Africa with them. #Travelgram #thisissouthafrica #travelsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #SouthAfrica #wonderlust #Durban

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