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Water Crisis: Day Zero

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Water Crisis: Day Zero

The current projected date for Day Zero is 4 June 2018. With the date being pushed back 2 months from the previous 12 April date, shows that there are citizens who are adhering to the level 6B water restrictions and are doing what’s necessary to save as much water as possible.

Dam levels in Cape Town are at a very critical 26.3% as of the 29th January 2018, one of of the lowest percentages it’s ever been in the history of the Western Province. Political party leader Mmusi Maimane announced that the city was able to secure 67 million litres a day due to the speeding up of water augmentation process, which will assist immensely in the campaign to Defeat Day Zero. This is part of the 120 million litre augmentation that was announced last week and will be available from early February, 2 months earlier than previously stated.

Reservoirs around Cape Town have gone largely unreplenished for more than 3 years due to the lack of significant rainfall and are about to dry up. Meanwhile, residents are panic buying water and retailers are capitalizing off the increased bulk purchases. Capetonians are justified in these purchases as one week before the six dams providing water to the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) are collectively projected to drop to a terrifying 13.5%. The City will announce the date on which almost all the taps in Cape Town’s residential suburbs will be cut off. When the cut off date is announced, residents will be forced to line up for water at respective locations and each individual will be allocated 25 litres per person which is considerably insufficient when taking into consideration the ratio of a single toilet flush is a hefty 7 litres of water.

In this time we are in fact in a state of emergency and are in desperate need of assistance. Over 50% of residents are still not adhering to the water restrictions and as a consequence Cape Town’s water usage went up again, to over 600-million litres per day. Being one of the most visited cities in Africa, the festive rush of tourist’s also negatively affected the efforts to reduce water consumption.

Today our guests will unpack the below:
Which areas in Western Cape are affected?
What plans have been implemented to combat the issue?
What are some of the issues problems that you foresee with their being no water from our taps?
How are businesses going to survive?
How long will this problem last us, in terms of time? what are capetonians looking at?
How do we prepare for this?
Would weather modifying alternatives such as cloud seeding assist?
Desalination. What it is and how it will benefit citizens

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