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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

15 January 2018
Aryn Baker / Cape Town

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Unless residents drastically cut down on daily use, warns Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, taps in the seaside metropolis of four million will soon run dry. On April 22, to be exact. Here’s what to know:

The date is just a scare tactic, surely?

Nope. Day Zero, as it is called, is real, and is calculated every week based on current reservoir capacity and daily consumption. On Jan. 8 Mayor De Lille revised the date down from April 29, based on a citywide uptick in daily usage. The city won’t literally run dry; in most cases, reservoirs can’t be drained to the last drop, as silt and debris make the last 10% of a dam’s water unusable. City authorities have decided that once the dams reach 13.5% capacity, municipal water supply will be turned off for all but essential services, like hospitals.

What happens when the taps are turned off?

Cape Town enters Mad Max territory (well, almost). Residents will have to go to one of some 200 municipal water points throughout the city where they can collect a maximum of 25 liters (6.6 gallons) a day. Armed guards will be standing by to keep the peace and prevent anyone from taking more than their share. Of course, the truly wealthy will be protected. The local version of Craigslist is already full of listings for companies wiling to truck in tankers full of water from less drought-prone parts of the country, for a price.

What steps are residents taking?

The city has capped household water usage at 87 liters (23 gallons) per person, per day. For most homes, that means keeping showers under 2 minutes, no watering the garden or washing the car, refraining from flushing the toilet unless absolutely necessary, recycling bathing water where possible and severely limiting dishwasher and washing machine use. Water storage tanks are already on backorder, unwashed hair is now a symbol of upright citizenship, and public restrooms are festooned with admonishments to “let it mellow.”

Are the self-imposed limits working?

Not really. According to city statistics, only 54% of residents are hitting their target, one of the reasons why Day Zero was moved forward a week earlier this year. But the city has few options for punishing individual water abusers and ensuring compliance, so everyone pays the price.

Didn’t anyone see this coming?

Yes and no. City planners have long pointed out that Cape Town’s water capacity hasn’t kept up with population growth, which has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. Still, a three-year drought on this scale is a “once a millennium” event, say climatologists, and even the best-planned water system would have taken a hit under current conditions. Now the city is playing catch up, hastily (and expensively) installing desalination plants and looking into groundwater extraction. But it’s unlikely any of those systems will be brought online before Day Zero, or even before the rainy season is due to start up again in May (if indeed it does). These systems are unlikely to go to waste, however. Climate change researchers predict more frequent dry years and fewer wet years to come. More likely, they say, Capetonians are just getting a preview of the new normal.

My Conclusion The Reservoirs that supply Capetown water is running out with less than 90 days to go. Mayor of Capetown should look to having a desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells to help to serve Capetown water needs and help to get the water crisis in Capetown. So let pray and hope the people living in Capetown to save as water as they can and hope the government of South Africa and the Mayor of Capetown fund the building of Desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells so the people can get through the water crisis.
And here video worth watching how Israel overcame their water shortage they had face in the past.

If you living in South Africa in Capetown I encourage to get this message to your mayor of Capetown and the government of South Africa so they get either the Desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells built to; so people in Capetown will not have go thirty.


Flint Resident Speak out about the water crisis madness

On this you tube video Flint resident speak about the water crisis occurring in Flint Michigan in the United States of America. Flint residents been paying high price for low quality, dirty and unsafe water. When their water bill don’t are not paid within 90 days their water gets shut off also their home just condemned. Also the water is unsafe to wash it as well, and when their children can’t be properly clean their get taking away by the CPS (Child Protective Service) this is just madness what going on in Flint.

Since the late 1960s through the end of the 20th century, Flint had Flint has suffered from disinvestment, deindustrialization, depopulation and urban decay, as well as high rates of crime, unemployment and poverty; From Wikipedia. Also the Flint population been decreasing since the 1960’s from 196,940 down to 99,000 in 2014 that about 50 percent of the 1960’s population.

Plan to Protect Flint’s Water Discovered

So many children have lead in their blood in Flint, Michigan a federal emergency has been declared.
Nearly two years ago, the cash-strapped city decided to switch the water supply from Detroit, to the notoriously filthy Flint River. In order to cut costs even further, the city opted against using an anti-corrosive agent. This resulted in the corrosive water eroding not only the iron water mains, but also the lead pipes leading into many homes in Flint.
Some presidential candidates are now using this as a political prop to appeal to race and class issues, however this isn’t the only manmade disaster created by the state. Negligence knows no boundaries.

Nestle continues pumping California dry to sell public water for outrageous profits

Source: Natural News
Date: 14 September 2015
Author: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Drought-shaming in California – the calling out, usually via social media, of neighbors and others who break water-use rules – has become quite prevalent as the state continues to suffer through a historic drought. But not everyone is getting shamed equally.

As reported by TheAntiMedia.com, one company that is getting less than its fair share of shame is Nestle, which, though the giant company has drawn some of the public’s ire, has not received nearly enough “to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.” Continue reading Nestle continues pumping California dry to sell public water for outrageous profits

Majority of world’s largest aquifers are being drained at unsustainable rate, NASA data show

Source:Natural News
Date: 16 July 2015
Author: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) New data gathered by NASA satellites indicate that most of the world’s largest underground aquifers, sources of water for hundreds of millions of people, are being depleted at speedy rates.

The data, according to The Washington Post, provide the most compelling and detailed picture yet of the status of vital water reserves hidden underneath the earth’s surface.

The paper further reported:

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, researchers announced…. Thirteen aquifers declined at rates that put them into the most troubled category. The researchers said this indicated a long-term problem that’s likely to worsen as reliance on aquifers grows. Continue reading Majority of world’s largest aquifers are being drained at unsustainable rate, NASA data show

Sam Judd: World war on water

Source: NZ Herald
Date: 2 July 2015
Author: Sam Judd

Dadaab Refugee Camp in Somalia

Out of all the basic necessities for human life, surely water has to be the most important of them all.

But despite how critical it is we seem willing to squander this precious resource, creating economic and health risks as well as conflict.

I have been told that the next world war will be about water and this looks more likely than ever before. Continue reading Sam Judd: World war on water

California Exec Order Restricts Water Use for Everyone But Big Agra

Occupy Corporatism
2 April 2015
Susanne Posel

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed an executive order that directs the State Water Resources Control Board (RCB) to impose a 25% reduction in the local water supply for 400 local agencies.

The effects 90% of Californians and promises more cutting back on water usage and monitoring for compliance.

The executive order implements water usage cut-backs onto homeowners, businesses, cemeteries and golf courses.

Watering lawns and gardens will also be severely restricted; as well as washing cars and even drinking or taking a shower.

Communities in California will “start looking a lot browner” and “communities also will be encouraged to reward homeowners for getting rid of water-gulping lawns.” Continue reading California Exec Order Restricts Water Use for Everyone But Big Agra