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Don’t forget the ANC’s (deliberate?) failure to adjust the percentage of water being made available to farmers in the Western Cape during this crisis:
“Provinces don’t have the power to make water allocations to agriculture. This is done by the national government.
In 2015, the city of Cape Town was allocated 60% of the water from the Western Cape’s water supply system. Almost all of the rest went to agriculture, particularly long-term crops like fruit and wine as well as livestock.
The drought began to take its toll on provincial dam levels. Yet the national Department of Water and Sanitation took no action to curtail agricultural water use in 2015/2016.
There is evidence that the department’s failure went even further: that it allocated too much water to agriculture in the Western Cape. This pushed demand for water beyond the capacity of the supply system and consumed Cape Town’s safety buffer of 28 thousand megaliters.
Cape Town shows some of the best water saving levels in the world. But its supply dams are being hit by national government’s bungled water allocations to agriculture.”
It’s unfortunately not as simple as that in South Africa:
“After the City of Cape Town spends at least half a billion rands to build desalination plants, the “purified” seawater these produce will have been cleared of little more than floating nappies and junk before it is declared safe to drink — despite the presence of organisms such as E. coli — South African researchers have warned.
“Almost no treatment, other than screening for large objects like nappies, is done on the sewage being released into the ocean hourly in large volumes all along our coastline. Moreover … many inland sewerage facilities are not working properly and the effluent released from these poor facilities are highly contaminated and polluting our rivers and dams,”
Back to basics. You can live without electricity, computers, cellphones, cars, and televisions. Tough to live without water.
They might have to do it in Crap, er, Cape Town. Toilet to tap recycling. Yummy.
South Africa has lots of sea water and solar energy. Just need some effort to solve this problem. Surely it takes time and money. I wonder South Africa has that!
Soon to be the norm in many parts of the world. Get used to "toilet to tap" as that's the way its going to be in the near future. The astronauts have been drinking it for years.
Don't say you drink recycled toilet water.
It’s strange that the global media gives so much attention to the views of the suspended (now fired) Cape Town mayor, namely that the citizens of Cape Town are somehow responsible for this drought. You would think that they would at least offer some context to her opinions, that she approached the media with this perspective when she was facing charges of “impropriety, corruption and maladministration” in the running of the city and was about to be fired?