Make every drop count


“Rain rain, everywhere”, is what most Capetonians have been rejoicing over the last couple of weeks, following months of drought.

It is often during tough times that a change in mindset can happen. All the thousands of water tanks that have been ordered by the public and businesses are now filled to the brim, while the city hopes for more heavy rain to fill-up its parched mega dams, which are still below par.

Sadly, the rains have seen an increase in consumption again. Citizens need to understand that the city is still in a state of emergency and every drop counts. It has been pleasing to see two desalination plants coming online recently, boosting the diversity of water supply to the city.

With five million people and counting, we can no longer rely on dams for water, that much the drought has taught us. We need a multi-pronged attack. It all starts at home, with a greywater system and rainwater tank as a minimum requirement. Then, at a municipal level, you need to look at the maintenance of the entire system. I was reading that as much as 30% of the city’s water is wasted through leaks and burst pipes. We cannot afford to have that kind of wastage.

Farmers have been forced to become more water wise, with that sector of the economy, together with mining taking the lion’s share of supplies traditionally. With new technology coming to the fore to recycle acid mine drainage into drinking water, mining has the ability to offset some of the damage it has caused over the years.

This leads to the argument around global warming and climate change, and the effect industrialisation has on it. To my mind, climate change is a natural phenomenon, which can arguably be manipulated by industrial pollutants. The effect therein is still up for debate.

With the United Kingdom coming out of a frigid winter and a traditionally chilly spring, the word ‘global warming’ might be met with some scepticism to those with five layers of clothes on. This may explain the change in terminology from global warming to climate change in the Northern Hemisphere…

Meanwhile, with President Cyril Ramaphosa completing his first 100 days in office recently, signs of improvement at various levels of the economy and government are clearly evident. It is inspiring to see the way he is going after corrupt officials who have, at times, had carte blanche to do whatever they pleased.

You can see his keen business mind working overtime, with visits to successful businesses, highlighting the good work done. With our shrewd President’s business mind and ability to see the bigger picture, our GDP will begin to flow again, which will help bring debt down and help South Africa to take its rightful place as the powerhouse of Africa.

Until next time,

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