Here is some water news out of Cape Town , South Africa.
Water usage must come down immediately by 100 million litres per day. Dam storage levels are at 20.7%, with the last 10% not really usable…so really there is only 10.7% left. The city has a consumption target of 600 million litres per day, but is 93 million litres a day over that target.
On Monday the drought stricken Western Cape area was declared a disaster area by the Premier. Everyone is being asked to keep their water usage to 100 litres per day. Cape Town is experiencing the effects of climate change, with reduced rainfall and abnormal water patterns. No significant rainfall is expected in the next three weeks.
Since the implementation of the water restrictions Cape Town’s call centre and first line responders have been inundated with calls about water faults and leaks. 75 new staffers have been brought on to increase response time to the some 800 calls per day.
With the call to restrict water usage some people have already reduced their consumption to less than a third of what it used to be….while others have decided their needs are more important than everyone else’s.
Residents are encouraged to use water solely for cooking , drinking and washing, and only flush the toilet when necessary. Shorter showers are also encouraged. Don’t run the water to brush teeth, shave, and drink. Wait for a full load before doing laundry or the dishes.
Everyone is urged to check for leaks on their property. A leaky toilet wastes 2600 to 13,000 litres per month. A leaky tap between 400 and 2600 litres a month
Every single water user must get down to 100 litres per person per day. This is non negotiable.
So this is the state of affairs in that part of the world when it comes to water. As Ottawa recovers from an overflowing Ottawa River, another part of the world suffers from a drought.