--The Vaal Dam, which supplies Johannesburg with water, sits below 30 percent full.
--The dams across the country that are monitored by the Department of Water and Sanitation sit at an average 51.4 percent full. At the same time last year, the average was 70.3 percent.
--The average cost of a food basket nationally rose 9.8 percent between March of last year and this year, largely due to water shortages.
--Johannesburg is experiencing both water restrictions as well as taxes on high water usage.
--Water use is also capped for agriculture and industry in parts of the country.
This aerially photo taken from a small Cessna captures one stream in Mpumalanga, the water no longer a continuous flow. Agriculture is far and away the main user of water in the country, while mining, energy production and urban populations are three other large consumers. Climate change is clearly a factor in increasing droughts, and wholesale changes to many aspects of life and business are likely needed for South Africa in the future.