Cape Town counts down to Day Zero as water supply evaporates

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First Major City to go dry. Not the only though...just the first.


At the foot of the Devil’s Peak in Cape Town, well-to-do residents turn up each day to fill jerrycans from a bubbling spring. It is not that the cool, mountain waters are believed to have special powers, but a reflection of the deepening crisis facing South Africa’s second city.

Within three months, Cape Town is at risk of going from a tourist haven and hub for the wine industry to becoming the world’s first big metropolis to run out of water after a years-long drought.

“We have reached the point of no return,” Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s mayor, warned this month. With anger in her voice she added: “It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care.”

It is likely to get much worse. Barring a drastic improvement in conservation efforts, at some point in April this year — on or about the 21st, according to the latest estimates — Cape Town will wake up to ‘Day Zero’, when toilets and taps will run dry.

If that happens, businesses say that overnight they will either have to shut down or drastically cut back on staff reporting for duty, heaping more pressure on a stagnant economy. Local government-controlled distribution points under armed guard will be the only way thousands of residents are able to access water — at a strict limit of 25 litres per day.

The remaining piped water would be prioritised for hospitals as well as standpipes in the poorer townships to prevent a public health catastrophe. Helen Zille, premier of Western Cape, the province around Cape Town, has conceded that managing the queues in a city of nearly 4m people will be a “logistical nightmare”.
the scoop.

https://www.ft.com/content/8a438352-fc76-11e7-a492-2c9be7f3120a
 

petros

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This again?

ALREADY DEBUNKED!

What’s causing Cape Town’s water crisis?
08:07 17/05/2017

Cape Town - There are several likely causes of Cape Town’s water shortage. GroundUp spoke to Kevin Winter, a lecturer in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town, who helped us get to the root of the problem (we take sole responsibility for any errors).

Population growing faster than storage


Since 1995 the city’s population has grown 55%, from about 2.4 million to an expected 4.3 million in 2018.

Over the same period, dam storage has increased by only 15%.

The Berg River Dam, which began storing water in 2007, has been Cape Town’s only significant addition to water storage infrastructure since 1995. It’s 130 000 megalitre capacity is over 14% of the 898 000 megalitres that can be held in Cape Town’s large dams. Had it not been for good water consumption management by the City, the current crisis could have hit much earlier.
 

Danbones

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Hi T

How the hell did we get this close to what will be the biggest natural disaster of the post-apartheid period and the majority of Capetonians are carrying on business as usual? Only 39% of residents are using less than 87l of water – the previous, and now surpassed, restriction (the current restriction is 50l a person). In history, it has never happened that a city the size of Cape Town has run dry. As a Canadian headline announced this week: “Cape Town at risk of becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water” (Globe & Mail). 28

It is clear that there has been an outright failure of leadership in the City of Cape Town. How is it that we have been having a drought for more than 1,000 days, with water management experts advising the City on a constant basis and yet only now, with 90 days to go, are they escalating things? Patricia de Lille has been the mayor of Cape Town for more than six years and the DA has run the Western Cape for more than seven years. It’s been years in the making. It is beyond clear that the blame for this crisis lies ultimately with the City of Cape Town and their too-little-too-late responses to an imminent catastrophe
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/art...a-city-drowning-in-incompetence/#.Wmd15K6nE4g

Looks like there may be lots of bitter galls of blame to still be drunk...
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There was a time when you couldn't sail too far south from Europe...

More recently there is talk of severe weather modifications going on...It's even admitted to by governments and universities, and there are patents.If nothing else it changes the jet patterns.
 

petros

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Metro Vancouver waited until the last minute too many times too.

They are finally starting to draw from the Fraser.