Water Everywhere in Lesotho But Not a Drop to Drink for Basotho

Lesotho is a mountainous and fairly water-rich country, but suffers from a lack of clean drinking water due to inadequate sanitation. In recent decades, with the construction of dams for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Lesotho has become the main provider of water to parts of northern South Africa. Nearly 800 million cubic metres of water go from Lesotho to South Africa in a year, earning the landlocked country billions. But people living in villages near the dams don't benefit - and even have to get their own water from unprotected sources, from which waterborne diseases spread.

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The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (file photo).

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