Cape Town Water Crisis – The Ominous Day Zero has been Postponed

Cape Town might be the first city to run out of water supply. While there has been a somewhat ominous countdown to Day Zero, so far, the dreadful day seems to have been postponed to 2019. The Cape Town water crisis has been an ongoing problem. The city has been facing severe hydrological poverty for the past three years.

What is Day Zero?

Day Zero is when water outlets in a city will be literally shut off. The concept of Day Zero was introduced by Cape Town to draw attention to the management of water consumption. This was done in the hope of persuading consumers to reduce the usage of water, avoid misuse or overuse of water, and keep consumption as minimal as possible.

What’s the future of Cape Town’s water crisis?

For the moment, the miserable Day Zero situation has been postponed as the water level was filled up to the minimum level (thanks to the effective water management in the Agricultural sector). However, there is a possibility of Day Zero in 2019 if the water shortage continues, especially if there is a shortage or lack of rainfall this year. The water resources increased by only 15 percent (from 1995 to 2018 statistics) whereas the population increased by a solid 79 percent causing the severe shortage in supply.

8 February 2018 - Cape Town, South Africa : Capetonians queue for water as their taps threaten to run dry - cape town water crisis
8 February 2018 – Cape Town, South Africa: Capetonians queue for water as their taps threaten to run dry.
Impact of Cape Town water crisis on South Africa’s Tourism

Cape town is famous for the Table Mountain National Park – the mesmerising flat-topped mountain also features many other spectacular natural landscapes. Since the splendid beaches and the mountain trails are not affected by the Cape Town water crisis, the South Africa tourism assures Cape town is open for primary tourist attractions and the visitors are welcome. Capetonians lifestyle has been changed as per the ongoing efforts for water management but it is mostly manageable and tourists are less likely to be affected by water shortage.

Restaurants might serve food on disposable plates. The water saving initiative includes several similar methods like recycling air conditioning water condensation, boiling ice to mop floors, using disposable napkins and many others.

The consequences of climate change are real and it’s happening. We cannot predict the rainfall which can help overcome this ominous situation. Day Zero didn’t happen because of the significant drop in agricultural usage, However, Cape town should continue with the careful conservation and water management efforts.

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