GENERAL
Did you know that South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that enshrines the basic right to sufficient water in its Constitution and yet millions of people still do not have access to a reliable water supply.
8 questions polled on this topic
45% response rate
8,020 responded out of 17,667 polled
Apr 6. 2019
Percentage of people who chose to participate in poll
Apr 6. 2019
Do you think South Africa is currently facing a water crisis?
Apr 6. 2019
My primary source of clean drinking water is
Apr 6. 2019
What limits your access to clean and safe water?
Apr 6. 2019
Which of the following water purification methods are you most likely to use if your water is or appears to be contaminated?
Apr 6. 2019
What is the best way that individuals can alleviate the water crisis?
Apr 6. 2019
When it comes to hygiene & sanitation, government’s top priority should be
Apr 6. 2019
What should Government do to improve water management and distribution?

POLL RESULTS

APR 6. 2019
Percentage of people who chose to participate in poll
8,020 responded out of 17,667 polled
Female
22%
No
 
No
78%
Yes
 
Yes

Male
20%
No
 
No
80%
Yes
 
Yes
0-14
39%
no
 
no
61%
yes
 
yes

15-19
21%
no
 
no
79%
yes
 
yes

20-24
20%
no
 
no
80%
yes
 
yes

25-30
19%
no
 
no
81%
yes
 
yes

31-34
17%
no
 
no
83%
yes
 
yes

35+
20%
no
 
no
80%
yes
 
yes
20%
No
 
No
80%
Yes
 
Yes
APR 6. 2019
Do you think South Africa is currently facing a water crisis?
5,992 responded out of 6,381 polled
Female
82%
Yes
 
Yes
18%
No
 
No

Male
78%
Yes
 
Yes
22%
No
 
No
0-14
16%
no
 
no
84%
yes
 
yes

15-19
22%
no
 
no
78%
yes
 
yes

20-24
19%
no
 
no
81%
yes
 
yes

25-30
19%
no
 
no
81%
yes
 
yes

31-34
23%
no
 
no
77%
yes
 
yes

35+
20%
no
 
no
80%
yes
 
yes
79%
Yes
 
Yes
21%
No
 
No
APR 6. 2019
My primary source of clean drinking water is
5,796 responded out of 5,992 polled
Female
30%
I buy bottled water
 
I buy bottled water
56%
A running tap in my home or commu
 
A running tap in my home or commu
8%
A local river
 
A local river
6%
Other, please explain
 
Other, please explain

Male
32%
I buy bottled water
 
I buy bottled water
54%
A running tap in my home or commu
 
A running tap in my home or commu
8%
A local river
 
A local river
6%
Other, please explain
 
Other, please explain
0-14
4%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
20%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
72%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
4%
a local river
 
a local river

15-19
5%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
34%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
53%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
7%
a local river
 
a local river

20-24
6%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
28%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
58%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
8%
a local river
 
a local river

25-30
6%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
36%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
50%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
8%
a local river
 
a local river

31-34
2%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
34%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
55%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
8%
a local river
 
a local river

35+
4%
other, please explain
 
other, please explain
37%
i buy bottled water
 
i buy bottled water
51%
a running tap in my home or commu
 
a running tap in my home or commu
8%
a local river
 
a local river
32%
I buy bottled water
 
I buy bottled water
54%
A running tap in my home or commu
 
A running tap in my home or commu
8%
A local river
 
A local river
6%
Other, please explain
 
Other, please explain
APR 6. 2019
What limits your access to clean and safe water?
5,519 responded out of 5,758 polled
Female
36%
Our water source is unreliable
 
Our water source is unreliable
26%
We don’t have piped water (taps)
 
We don’t have piped water (taps)
19%
The long distance to get water
 
The long distance to get water
18%
This doesn’t apply to me
 
This doesn’t apply to me

Male
39%
Our water source is unreliable
 
Our water source is unreliable
22%
We don’t have piped water (taps)
 
We don’t have piped water (taps)
19%
The long distance to get water
 
The long distance to get water
20%
This doesn’t apply to me
 
This doesn’t apply to me
0-14
15%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
31%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
15%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
38%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me

15-19
21%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
38%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
25%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
17%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me

20-24
18%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
38%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
24%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
20%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me

25-30
16%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
41%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
20%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
23%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me

31-34
19%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
35%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
26%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
19%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me

35+
15%
the long distance to get water
 
the long distance to get water
46%
our water source is unreliable
 
our water source is unreliable
21%
we don’t have piped water (taps)
 
we don’t have piped water (taps)
17%
this doesn’t apply to me
 
this doesn’t apply to me
39%
Our water source is unreliable
 
Our water source is unreliable
24%
We don’t have piped water (taps)
 
We don’t have piped water (taps)
19%
The long distance to get water
 
The long distance to get water
18%
This doesn’t apply to me
 
This doesn’t apply to me
APR 6. 2019
Which of the following water purification methods are you most likely to use if your water is or appears to be contaminated?
5,288 responded out of 5,519 polled
Female
19%
Adding bleach to the water
 
Adding bleach to the water
69%
Boiling the water
 
Boiling the water
8%
Using water purification tablets
 
Using water purification tablets
4%
Using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
Using a cloth as a filtration bar

Male
18%
Adding bleach to the water
 
Adding bleach to the water
65%
Boiling the water
 
Boiling the water
13%
Using water purification tablets
 
Using water purification tablets
5%
Using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
Using a cloth as a filtration bar
0-14
12%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
15%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
65%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
8%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets

15-19
4%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
19%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
66%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
11%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets

20-24
4%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
17%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
69%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
10%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets

25-30
3%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
17%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
70%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
10%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets

31-34
2%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
21%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
64%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
12%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets

35+
5%
using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
using a cloth as a filtration bar
19%
adding bleach to the water
 
adding bleach to the water
63%
boiling the water
 
boiling the water
13%
using water purification tablets
 
using water purification tablets
19%
Adding bleach to the water
 
Adding bleach to the water
66%
Boiling the water
 
Boiling the water
11%
Using water purification tablets
 
Using water purification tablets
4%
Using a cloth as a filtration bar
 
Using a cloth as a filtration bar
APR 6. 2019
What is the best way that individuals can alleviate the water crisis?
4,902 responded out of 5,288 polled
Female
32%
Capture rain water for reuse
 
Capture rain water for reuse
23%
Collect & reuse grey water
 
Collect & reuse grey water
14%
Report leakages and illegal water co
 
Report leakages and illegal water co
26%
Use less water – in baths, shower
 
Use less water – in baths, shower
5%
Own idea
 
Own idea

Male
35%
Capture rain water for reuse
 
Capture rain water for reuse
22%
Collect & reuse grey water
 
Collect & reuse grey water
16%
Report leakages and illegal water co
 
Report leakages and illegal water co
21%
Use less water – in baths, shower
 
Use less water – in baths, shower
5%
Own idea
 
Own idea
0-14
15%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
23%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
15%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
38%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
8%
own idea
 
own idea

15-19
19%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
37%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
13%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
25%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
5%
own idea
 
own idea

20-24
25%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
30%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
17%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
23%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
5%
own idea
 
own idea

25-30
26%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
32%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
19%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
19%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
4%
own idea
 
own idea

31-34
18%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
36%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
25%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
15%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
6%
own idea
 
own idea

35+
21%
use less water – in baths, shower
 
use less water – in baths, shower
34%
capture rain water for reuse
 
capture rain water for reuse
20%
report leakages and illegal water co
 
report leakages and illegal water co
24%
collect & reuse grey water
 
collect & reuse grey water
1%
own idea
 
own idea
35%
Capture rain water for reuse
 
Capture rain water for reuse
23%
Collect & reuse grey water
 
Collect & reuse grey water
15%
Report leakages and illegal water co
 
Report leakages and illegal water co
22%
Use less water – in baths, shower
 
Use less water – in baths, shower
5%
Own idea
 
Own idea
APR 6. 2019
When it comes to hygiene & sanitation, government’s top priority should be
4,597 responded out of 4,861 polled
Female
47%
Rural areas to get m access to water
 
Rural areas to get m access to water
16%
Sanitary products for girls/women
 
Sanitary products for girls/women
30%
Safe toilets in home/schools
 
Safe toilets in home/schools
7%
Other idea
 
Other idea

Male
53%
Rural areas to get m access to water
 
Rural areas to get m access to water
13%
Sanitary products for girls/women
 
Sanitary products for girls/women
27%
Safe toilets in home/schools
 
Safe toilets in home/schools
8%
Other idea
 
Other idea
0-14
4%
other idea
 
other idea
8%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
50%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
38%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water

15-19
6%
other idea
 
other idea
15%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
30%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
48%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water

20-24
9%
other idea
 
other idea
13%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
27%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
51%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water

25-30
7%
other idea
 
other idea
12%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
30%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
51%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water

31-34
5%
other idea
 
other idea
10%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
33%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
52%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water

35+
3%
other idea
 
other idea
17%
sanitary products for girls/women
 
sanitary products for girls/women
29%
safe toilets in home/schools
 
safe toilets in home/schools
51%
rural areas to get m access to water
 
rural areas to get m access to water
52%
Rural areas to get m access to water
 
Rural areas to get m access to water
14%
Sanitary products for girls/women
 
Sanitary products for girls/women
27%
Safe toilets in home/schools
 
Safe toilets in home/schools
7%
Other idea
 
Other idea
APR 6. 2019
What should Government do to improve water management and distribution?
4,337 responded out of 4,533 polled
Female
44%
Resilience for future water shortage
 
Resilience for future water shortage
16%
Water optimisation infrastructure
 
Water optimisation infrastructure
34%
Supplement water supply with borehol
 
Supplement water supply with borehol
5%
Other idea
 
Other idea

Male
46%
Resilience for future water shortage
 
Resilience for future water shortage
15%
Water optimisation infrastructure
 
Water optimisation infrastructure
34%
Supplement water supply with borehol
 
Supplement water supply with borehol
6%
Other idea
 
Other idea
0-14
12%
other idea
 
other idea
38%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
25%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
25%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure

15-19
5%
other idea
 
other idea
51%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
25%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
18%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure

20-24
5%
other idea
 
other idea
43%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
36%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
15%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure

25-30
3%
other idea
 
other idea
42%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
43%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
11%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure

31-34
2%
other idea
 
other idea
29%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
54%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
15%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure

35+
5%
other idea
 
other idea
37%
resilience for future water shortage
 
resilience for future water shortage
44%
supplement water supply with borehol
 
supplement water supply with borehol
14%
water optimisation infrastructure
 
water optimisation infrastructure
46%
Resilience for future water shortage
 
Resilience for future water shortage
15%
Water optimisation infrastructure
 
Water optimisation infrastructure
33%
Supplement water supply with borehol
 
Supplement water supply with borehol
5%
Other idea
 
Other idea

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