We cant take what we have no granted because this is not just Cape Town’s problem it will be all of our problem if we dont change our ways…
The city, which is also an iconic tourist destination, has less than a 90-day supply of water left in its reservoirs, meaning residents are forced to ration by taking short showers, flushing the toilet only when necessary and recycling bathing water.
“Day Zero” (or April 22) is when authorities predict the taps will run dry, leaving city officials scrambling to build desalination plants and drill underground water wells.
The drought has been caused by very low rainfall over the past few years and increased water consumption by the city’s growing population.
Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille said its four million residents have to start drastically cutting down on their water. The capped household water usage at 87 litres per person, per day and residents will be fined if they break the rules.
Authorities want to reduce the city’s consumption to 500 million litres a day — half the amount used two years ago. This means car washing, topping up swimming pools and using potable water to irrigate gardens has been banned.
Businesses in the hospitality industry also say they are trying to help, limiting showers to two minutes and using water used for washing dishes and clothes to water gardens.
City officials said dam levels dipped below 30 per cent in the first week of the new year, with only about 19.7 percent of that water considered usable.
What happens when the taps turn off?
Cape Town’s director of water and sanitation, Peter Flower, described it as a “terrifying prospect.”
“If water consumption continues to rise, together with the very hot windy conditions which increase evaporation losses, we can expect day zero to happen [sooner],” he told a South African media outlet.