South Africa staged its National Water Week campaign from 5 to 11 March 2012 and the United Nations International World Water Day is coming up on 22 March. Ahead of the events lined up for National Water Week, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, called on all South Africans to make a positive contribution towards conserving and protecting the country’s water resources. She noted that these already scarce resources are further threatened by high levels of pollution in dams and rivers and by the extent of water wastage that occurs in our homes and cities, in industry and agriculture. While government at national level deals with water policy, water quality and the development of major water supply schemes, when it comes to water conservation and the wise use of this precious resource it seems that the focus unavoidably shifts to local authorities. Indeed at a local level every one of us can do something to save water and reduce water wastage – in our homes and workplaces at least. At the same time, it seems fair to expect that local authorities, and specifically local water authorities, could do more to minimise water losses.