Cape Town is about to run out of water..or maybe not..

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/capetown-water-shortage/?utm_term=.9ddd9e1f3bdc

The bustling metropolis of Cape Town, South Africa, home to about 4 million people, is on track to run out of water and cut off its taps in May. Because of a years-long drought — believed to be partially caused by climate change — the city’s reservoirs are about to run dry.

Cape Town is still using in excess of 547 million liters of water per day. To avoid “Day Zero” — the day the taps are turned off — the daily usage needs to be reduced to 450 million liters per day.

The loss of water can be seen most clearly with Cape Town’s biggest dam, Theewaterskloof. The reservoir now holds only 12 percent of its original capacity.

Here, the same lack of rainfall that has plagued the other reservoirs has been compounded by an explosion of urban growth. The reservoir feeds the bulk of the urbanized land area in Cape Town, where there are now far more people and businesses than there were decades before. But there has been no change in water infrastructure, causing the reservoir to run dry.

But all hope is not lost for Cape Town. The city’s efforts to conserve water so far, especially with limiting agricultural consumption, have pushed Day Zero from April to May, when the region’s rainy season starts.

The reservoirs’ levels go up each year with the rainy season, and then down again during the dry season. So hitting the rainy season will likely save Cape Town from Day Zero for now.

However, with little rain expected this season — the volume has decreased year after year, which many climate scientists link to climate change globally — the city will likely run into the same issue later this year or early next.

In response to its quickly depleting water supply, Cape Town has put in strict water restrictions on its residents. Each person is limited to using 50 liters — about 13 gallons — of water per day. To achieve this, the government recommends only flushing the toilet once a day and taking “stop-start” showers, in which the water is turned off while applying soap and shampoo.

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day zero wont come..they just got rain..

“Because of a years-long drought — believed to be partially caused by climate change — the city’s reservoirs are about to run dry.”

oic..

here is the real reason:

“Here, the same lack of rainfall that has plagued the other reservoirs has been compounded by an explosion of urban growth. The reservoir feeds the bulk of the urbanized land area in Cape Town”

401

~ by seeker401 on February 12, 2018.

4 Responses to “Cape Town is about to run out of water..or maybe not..”

  1. “The reservoirs’ levels go up each year with the rainy season, and then down again during the dry season. So hitting the rainy season will likely save Cape Town from Day Zero for now.”

    What a twisted news article. The reservoirs water level drops during the dry season when there is no rain. It rises during the rainy season where there is rain. Who would have thought? lol

    The urban level increase and how much water had been there one would think would be factored into the equation, but the green religion is determined to find their fantasy of a holy grail.

    • you are on it..

      p.s. it rained on the weekend..like it does eventually..*sigh

      in australia in summer we are told our heat is extreme and not normal..who do they think they are kidding??

      • The younger generation will get lost in their propaganda without knowing of time when the propaganda was not as loud. They will grow up just thinking, “‘it is so hot and it never used to be this way. it is extreme”. Only because they are told so, not because it is really.

        It is amazing how the report came out, but in the same report it stated but it will not happen – because it rained. 🙂

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