With global and local headlines drawing attention to Cape Town’s longstanding water crisis, it has perhaps begun only now to seep into some Capetonians’ heads that “Day Zero” looms closer daily.
With authorities having announced that April 21st will officially be the last day for available running water from taps in the province, businesses and residences will find themselves in a tough spot as tap-water will only be afforded to Hospitals, stand-pipes within informal settlements and state-sanctioned collection points.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has stressed that Capetonians should begin to work together with their community in order to ensure that all residents are able to collect their water.
However, calls for the reduction of water usage and adoption of water-wise techniques continue to spur the public forums and discussion boards strewn across the internet.
The WWF has stressed that small volumes of emergency water should be stockpiled by families and that water should only be used on a necessary basis.
Certain businesses will close and according to the City of Cape Town emergency groundwater, desalination projects and other water-obtaining strategies should be operational by the beginning of May.
However, lest this be seen as a saving grace, the City of Cape Town has stressed that these strategies will only provide the bare minimum amount of water to allow certain activities to continue and structures to keep functioning.
According to the South African weather services the next expected rainy season for the Western Cape will be seen closer to the month of August, but predictions may change closer to the time.
For now, it is important for all residents of Cape Town to use their water responsibly and make necessary preparations for Day Zero.
to view your household’s consumption levels and adjust or maintain accordingly.
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