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Cape Town water crisis

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    My daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live in Cape Town, so we are painfully aware of this situation.

    New York Times: There Is a Water Crisis in Cape Town. Travelers Should Be Prepared (and Can Help).

    Projections are that the city will run out of water by April 28th. And then everyone will have to line up at water distribution points to get their daily 87 liters (23 gallons) of water per person per day.

    While not of interest to Americans, Cape Town could be like the "canary in the coal mine" as the effects of climate change and drought are felt not only in the poor areas of sub-Saharan countries but also more affluent cities like Cape Town.

    What me worry?

  • Center Left
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    This is serious and an early sign of things to follow. It needs to be discussed on an international level with efforts given to slow the problems.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    However the Trump gang does not want to hear the word "climate change". The rest of Africa is also in an horrible "famine" condition. This creates lots of fugitives who depart and add to the refuge flow towards Europe. Also Trump is planning to drastically reduce the aid to Africa as well the UN. But yeah, look at how we treat Puerto Rico, not much different, except they are Americans.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I don't want to belabor the point but think about what would happen if Las Vegas ran out of water. Or Phoenix...or Los Angeles. What kind of chaos would ensue?

    Cape Town might be the first, but not the last.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I don't want to belabor the point but think about what would happen if Las Vegas ran out of water. Or Phoenix...or Los Angeles. What kind of chaos would ensue?

    Cape Town might be the first, but not the last.

    California had already drought the last few years; it is now already "chaos" related to the "fires". Furthermore Trump does not want "regulations", especially the one's Obama introduced; thus a "Flint situation" is around the corner. Even here in FL the drinking water can't be trusted.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The NY Times is warning that South Africa's most populous city Cape Town is facing "Day Zero," when water taps in both businesses and homes will be turned off, in less than three months. After that all four million residents will have to wait in line at one of 200 water collection points to get water. Government officials are said to be bracing for political unrest and are quietly admitting they are not even remotely prepared for what may come.

    What's even more scary about this is that South Africa is a prequel of what's to come in dozens of more densely populated cities and countries that don't have a diverse supply of fresh water. We are witnessing, in real time, what our future looks like.

    I hope your daughter is safe and getting by as best she and her family can, Schmidt. I can only imagine how scary this time is for those who are actually experiencing it first hand.

  • Strongly Liberal
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    As billionaires buy up the remaining water supply's ,including the great lakes as they have been doing , the access to clean water may become very precarious. The CEO of Nestlie has stated that water is not a right . It's even illegal to collect rainwater in Colorado and some other places in the USA. Now it's come to no water in a major metropolitan city ? Will go to war over water ?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes the Cape Town residents are working to meet the water targets. Today, February 1st, the limit has been reduced to 50 liters per person per day. On Zero Day (a day in April when the dams reach a critical limit), the water supply will be turned off, people will have to queue for water, and the limit will be further dropped to 25 liters per person per day. That limit will be easier to enforce because people will have to line up to collect it in plastic containers.

    Right now those officials monitoring the usage say that only 55 percent of the people are complying with water rationing limits. If the other 45 percent can get on board, they could delay Zero Day until the rainy season starts (May to September).

    It's not like Cape Town residents as a whole have not been water conscious. A year ago when we visited water rationing was being practiced by residents and businesses. But a perfect storm of several events has hit them simultaneously...an unprecedented three year drought, high population growth, and a major tourist destination with a large influx of tourists this time of the year. That and the expanding vineyards (wine a major source of expert revenue) use a lot of water for agriculture. It's the same problems/decisions that California faced until they got their rains.

    In sympathy with my daughter, I have been monitoring how much water my wife and I use on a daily basis. This is winter time so no watering outside. We are averaging about 110 liters per person per day. If we don't take showers and don't do laundry, we can get that to about 50 liters per person per day. I practiced taking a less than 2 minute shower and determined I can take a full shower for just under 4 liters (one gallon) per day.

    It will be very difficult for us to get to 25 liters per day per person. They are a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) so their total allotment will be 100 liters per day for the four of them. Besides the water restriction, however, the bigger logistical problem will be queing up to fill the containers and haul them back home. 100 liters is 100 kg...or 22o pounds.

    With water being a premium and South Africa having a high number of guns and crime, security is a big worry. Once people get their water loaded daily in their cars (for those who have the luxury of owning cars) then car jacking to steal water is an additional concern.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt, the only solution is: Give them Trump; he "alone" can fix this, as well "mandatory" praying by the "evangelicals" (and may be us). Trump is clean from himself and does not need a bath nor water; he only "sniff's" something instead of drinking. In FL we've got more water than we like; may be we both can start a company to export FL water to the Cape. ( Oh, I forgot that the drinking water here is polluted by our GOP Governor via Lake O.)

    You can't win in this world. Ask Trump.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt, Can't help but worry about your kids. I have no idea about the civility of the area. Is it stable and will they have safeguards? You haven't said much about it so I assume that the water problem is the extent of the problem.
  • Center Left
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    I am concerned as well. If a delivery service was to start it would have to be a success. Imagine a single mother with 2 children and no car. Difficult daily need.

    Hoping it improves and the rains are early and plentiful.

  • Independent
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    I saw on PBS that in certain middle east countries ( Saudia?) they recycle waste water back to drinking water; so may be an suggestion for the Cape?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: I saw on PBS that in certain middle east countries ( Saudia?) they recycle waste water back to drinking water; so may be an suggestion for the Cape?

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  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: I saw on PBS that in certain middle east countries ( Saudia?) they recycle waste water back to drinking water; so may be an suggestion for the Cape?

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    Exellent; I'll save my waste water and sent it to Trump!! ha ha
  • Strongly Liberal
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    Saudi Arabia is out of water . They had a aquifer that was substantial. But they used the water for agriculture. They were the number one wheat producer in the world for a time. But the pissed it away. I wonder how long they will grow grapes in Cape Town.

    We waste so much water in the USA . We act like the stuff falls from the sky for free, which it does . But we are draining our aquifers also. We don't talk about it. But when they go dry, water is going to be an issue .

    And there are now about eight billion people on the world . That's alot. At what point , is there going to be some issues , for us , as a result of over population? We have 320 million. And like 80%of them live withing like twenty miles of some kind of water like the ocean or the great lakes or the Mississippi River . So that means the heart land has plenty of room. We have plenty of water too. The population centers are becoming too big. The entire east coast is a metropolis. Every body of water is to some extent ,polluted. Every one. Right now , they are stripping the EPA ,out. Stripping the laws . Building more pipelines for oil . Dismantling the safeguards that we put in place after the rivers were catching on fire and everyone got cancer at love canal and etc . So we know what is going to happen.