CAPE TOWN DROUGHT UPDATE
Even though Day Zero was pushed back to mid May, Capetonians are still urged to dramatically cut down water their consumption. Rates of consumption remain capped at 50L per person, per day – less than one-sixth of what the average American uses. Dam levels sit at 25.8%, a 1% decrease since just last week.
If you want to see alarming before and after aerial photographs of the Theewaterskloof dam, click here.
The situation in Cape Town is dramatically escalating- water tanks and bottles are selling out across the city and bottled water sales are capped. The Newland Spring water collection point has been particularly popular, attracting hundreds of residents keen to supplement their 50L quotas. Reports show that physical conflicts have already broken out, with one person being arrested by South African Police. On top of this, many have complained about the noise and traffic in the area at all hours of the day. This is raising serious questions about access to and security of the proposed water pick up points, and sparking speculation of chaotic anarchy upon the arrival of Day Zero. Until now, a shutdown of this magnitude has been close to inconceivable.