Incase if you are not aware of, Cape Town is the first metropolitan city to run out of water after 3 years of severe drought.
The city of Cape Town is in no good shape and the natives are officially asked to use shower for not more than 3 minutes which was earlier 8 minutes.
Water board management of Cape Town has been in the news for a long time about facing their worst water crisis in a century.
Theewaterskloof Dam which supplies about 80% of water to the city is almost dried up and has water less than 28% of its capacity.
The time-lapse of Theewaterskloof dam is as depressing as hell. As of 2013, the dam is running with 100% of its capacity and with 3 consecutive years of minimal rainfall and drought, the scenario has changed completely.
5 years of less than expected rainfall and the city is now heading towards “day-zero” which is oscillating between April and July.
Local authorities had hit the pain button on “day-zero” and by mid of April, residents may lose piped water to their homes if they do no reduce the consumption of water.
April 12th, 2018 (day-zero) residents will have to queue up at the 200 stand-pipes for daily rations of 25 liters per day.
NASA in a statement said,
During the preceding year, the weather station at Cape Town airport tallied 682 millimeters (27 inches) of rain (515 mm is normal), making it one of the wettest years in decades. However, rains faltered in 2015, with just 325 mm falling. The next year, with 221 mm, was even worse. In 2017, the station recorded just 157 mm of rain.
The Verge, had a similar opinion on the current state of Cape Town.
Cape Town’s water shortage isn’t just because of climate change — although that certainly could be making the drought worse, experts say. Poor management of the city’s water system, which relies almost entirely on rainfall, also contributed to the growing crisis. But as fossil fuel emissions continue to drive up global temperatures, drought risk is expected rise in places like southwestern Africa
Amidst serious concerns raised over water crisis in Cape Town since 2015, authorities of Cape Town waterboard took control of the situation and have achieved in moving Day zero to next year.
Deputy Mayor of Cape Town said,
“Our collective consumption over the past week was 521 million liters of water per day, which indicates a stabilization of consumption at lower levels than were being achieved in January and February,” he said in a statement.
But that’s not for a happy ending. Here’s what authorities had to say.
Dam levels are however, still lower than they were in previous years at this time and we have to continue our saving efforts to ensure that we get through this year safely.”
“Getting down to 50 liters per day is the only way to keep Day Zero away,” Neilson warned.
South African water crisis is not a new story that took world by surprise. But, the severity of the drought that frightened everyone. With the growing population and the limited resources, it is never easy.
The world must learn how to conserve natural resources if they never wish to put themselves into day zero. A day where ‘survival’ becomes the ultimate.