THE STRUGGLE IS REAL - WATER RESTRICTIONS IN CAPE TOWN!
If you have been following the news, you probably are aware that Cape Town, South Africa is experiencing the most serious water shortage in a hundred years. This drought is due to insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels.
I (Annabell) am actually in Cape Town for two months on stay with my model Agency right now and it’s clearly not the best of times to come. Since I arrived the severity of the problem became very clear and Its a popular topic of conversation, especially with the uber drivers, who like to talk about this a lot. The city is trying to encourage people to save water and wherever you go in CT (Cafes or Restaurant’s) you find signs with information about 'how to save water' or reminders to use the water sparingly. There are also lots of hand sanitisers in public places so you don’t need to use the sink.
When it comes to using water at home there are a few things we have been advised to do to help the cause. The main one is to only have 90 seconds showers. Yep, no more singing your favourite songs under the shower ;). I turn the tap on/off literally 5 times or more until I have finished showering. I'm glad that it's summer here in Cape Town because you don't freeze too much while standing in the showers with the water off to wash your hair. 1 Toilet flush uses about 9 litres, so you should only flush when necessary - or have a bucket under the shower head to collect and recycle all the water for flushing the toilet.
Doing the Dishes & Laundry uses about 18 Liters a day, so try and keep that to the minimum and only do full loads of washings. Don't let the tap run, while brushing teeth (I bet most of us are guilty of this). I've been following all these tips since I got here and although it can be hard sometimes I come to realise just how much water we all use everyday. When I return to London I’m definitely going to be more conscious of water usage and try to bring some of these ‘saving’ habits back with me. Perhaps not the 90 second showers but I'll do my best. I just hope that Cape Town find a long term solution to their problem as time is running out.
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6B Water Restrictions
"The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6B Water Restrictions, effective from 1 February 2018 until further notice.
Experts are keeping a close eye on daily consumption in a desperate bid to avoid the disaster, warning residents tempted to ignore measures that they face fines and the installation of water-management meters if they do not comply.
Cape Town been enduring the worst drought in a century for the past three years. A changing climate and rapidly growing population have made matters worse." www.edition.cnn.com/2018/02/01/africa/cape-town-water-crisis-intl/index.html
THE HARD FACTS
"Although many Capetonians are diligently saving water, there are many that are not. Households are only allowed to use 50 Liter a day and only if each of us reduces our daily use down to the new allowances and the City implements the necessary projects, Cape Town hopefully can avoid Day Zero." www.capetown.gov.za