Cape Town: The World’s First Major City to Run Out of Water ("Day Zero" Moved Up To April 22)

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  1. Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    There Is a Water Crisis in Cape Town. Travelers Should Be Prepared (and Can Help).
    By Sarah Khan | Dec. 27, 2017

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    An advisory for the water crisis at Cape Town International Airport.​


    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/travel/water-crisis-cape-town-travelers.html
     
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    This has more to do with black apartheid in South Africa and mismanagement of resources.
     
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    That's what I thought when I read the title but if they really did have a multiyear drought then on what basis do you make this claim? And what does apartheid have to do with it?
     
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    He is saying the Blacks instituted Apartheid after the original one was done away with. Atleast that's what I think he is saying, based on his conservative/rightwing sensibilities.
     
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    Fuck I had my Mad Max gif ready to go
     
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    I thought so too and I have an idea of where he's taking this but I wanted to give him a chance to clarify and justify his position.
     
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    That's really shitty.
     
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    Water distribution in Cape Town by July

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  10. alanb Brown Belt

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    There whole infrastructure in South Africa is jacked and it has a lot to do with the fact South African companies are required by law to hire any black that meets the bare minimum requirements of a job over a white even if the white is much more qualified white.

    This and other discrimination against white people has caused issues with their infrastructure and food stocks. If they had equal opportunity hiring they would have been able to deal with this issue before it became a disaster.

    All I am saying is if you purposely hire barely or unqualified people over qualified people I don';t have a lot of sympathy when the people you hired can't handle a crisis.



    Here is a article about how the government mismanaged the water.
    https://www.timeslive.co.za/politic...-crisis-driven-by-politics-more-than-drought/
    Cape Town is hurtling towards “Day Zero”: the day taps run dry. This is expected in mid-May, just weeks after the city’s new water supplies are due.

    Cape Town is quite used to surviving dry years. Water restrictions get it through and then dams refill, thanks to the wet years that usually follow.

    But this time it’s different. Never in recorded history has Cape Town encountered a drought of such severity for three consecutive years.

    One of the biggest debates is whether local government is handling the crisis effectively. Investigating this question exposes politics, not rainfall, at the heart of the problem.

    The Western Cape is the only province in the country run by the Democratic Alliance, while the African National Congress runs the rest. This means that the relationship between national government and the Western Cape is complicated, as the water crisis
    Two tiers of governance – the Western Cape province and the City of Cape Town – went above and beyond what was required to prepare for drought. The system failed, however, at the level of national government.

    Wasteful expenditure in the national Department of Water and Sanitation, erroneous water allocations to agriculture and a failure to acknowledge or respond to provincial and municipal calls for help obstructed timely interventions.

    National government’s numerous spanners jammed up the works of a system that could have managed the crisis quite effectively.

    The Western Cape’s water situation
    Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in the Western Cape Water Supply System.

    Cape Town’s strategy for handling droughts is based on a warning system that kicks in when dam levels are lower than normal for a particular time of year. About once every ten years, there is extremely low rainfall around the major Theewaterskloof Dam. The last dam level scare was in 2004-2005.

    In 2007, the national Department of Water and Sanitation issued a warning about Cape Town’s water supply, saying the city would need new water sources by 2015.

    The deadline was based on normal rainfall and water demand trends. Unusually dry winters and higher water consumption could shorten this deadline considerably.

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    The city took the warning seriously and acted quickly. It implemented a water demand management strategy involving water meter replacements, pressure management, leak detection and free plumbing repairs for indigent households.

    The strategy was so effective that the city met its 2015-2016 water saving target three years early. This pushed the deadline back to 2019, based on normal rainfall and normal water use.

    Following a wet 2013-2014, the South African Weather Service estimated that Cape Town’s 2014-2016 rainfall would be only slightly lower than normal, conforming to weather patterns recorded since 1976.

    Based on the information available to the city, it was on target for implementing the first water augmentation project by 2019: increasing water supply to the Voëlvlei dam. Then disaster struck: a drought more severe than anything in Cape Town’s history.

    Bad decisions
    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.

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    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.

    Calls for help
    In response to low winter rainfalls in 2015, provincial government took pre-emptive action and applied to national government for R35 million to increase water supplies by drilling boreholes and recycling water.

    But national government rejected the request, possibly because dams were still 75% full.

    The following year, national government agreed to recognise only five of the 30 Western Cape municipalities as drought disaster areas. (Significantly Cape Town was not included.) But by October 2017, national government had still not released the promised funds.

    The Cape Town Mayor appealed directly to the Department of Water and Sanitation for disaster relief funding. But this was rejected on the grounds that Cape Town was “not yet at crisis level”.

    The cause of the crisis
    The civil society group, South African Water Caucus, reveals that national government’s reluctance to release drought relief funding stemmed from spiralling debt, mismanagement and corruption in the national Department of Water and Sanitation.

    This claim is supported by the Auditor General, which attributes “irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure” to the department exceeding its 2016-2017 budget by R110.8 million.

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    The department has no funding allocated to drought relief in the Western Cape next year. Again, provincial government will have to foot the bill.

    Had systems in national government been running smoothly, Cape Town’s water crisis could have been mitigated. Appropriate water allocations would have made more water available to Cape Town. And with timely responses to disaster declarations, water augmentation infrastructure could have been up and running already.

    Cape Town teaches us that water crises are rarely a matter of rainfall. Understanding disasters like droughts involves seeing the issue from many different perspectives, including politics.
     
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    Cape Town to become the first major city in the world to run out of water
    Zoë Schlanger | January 11, 2018

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    It’s the height of summer in Cape Town, and the southwesternmost region of South Africa is gripped by a catastrophic water shortage.

    Unless the city adopts widespread rationing, the government says, the taps “will be turned off” on April 22, 2018, because there will be no more water to deliver.

    This would make Cape Town the first major city in the world to run out of water, according to Anthony Turton, a professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa, who spoke to the New York Times. “It’s not an impending crisis—we’re deep, deep, deep in crisis.” The shortage is the result of a multi-year drought.


    The city is asking residents to restrict their water use to 87 liters per person per day. That’s roughly the equivalent of a four-minute shower using a regular shower head, or an eight-minute shower using a low-flow shower head.

    Cape Town’s water system isn’t built to withstand a multi-year drought (nor are any city’s water system), which are expected to occur “perhaps as rarely as once in a millennium,” according to a group of professors from the University of Cape Town.

    This particular drought won’t last forever. But according to climate models, it is likely part of a trend for the Western Cape of South Africa, where climate change is expected to bring lower chances of wet years and higher chances of dry years as the century progresses, according to Piotr Wolski, a hydrologist with the Climate Systems Analysis Group. Water rationing may soon become the norm for the city of 4 million.

    https://qz.com/1176981/the-worlds-f...f-water-may-have-just-over-three-months-left/
     
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  12. Lowmanproblems Green Belt

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    I guess the drought has been going on for three to four years. It seems like people all over the world, should start taking their water supply way more serious.

    I know some here will try and make it a race issue, we already can see that. That's kind of shitty that people will look for any reason to do so. It looks like many people may need to relocate if this is going to be a long term problem as projected. If they fear they will see more droughts than wet years.
     
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    Although not the best for the environment, is it time to build desalination plants?
     
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    Just remember these are the ones that will be hit hardest by this. Every day native Boers face persecution and government discrimination. These are the real refugees I am glad Georgia is taking in some. The U.S. should follow suit.



     
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    Canada needs more racist Africans and has plenty of water.
     
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    Can we just leave the racist part out and admit that the right-wingers just want to watch their wives breed with the African men.
     
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  18. Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    We take our water supply VERY seriously in SoCal.

    And by that, I meant we're actively stealing from everybody who have a natural water source to prevent something like this from ever happening to us.
     
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    The white man being systematically dehydrated itt...

    Anyhow, droughts (particularly in the southern hemisphere) are predicted to get worse and more frequent as ocean surface temperatures keep spiking.
     
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