The looming water shortage in South Africa has affected citizens in different towns with Cape Town being the first on the list. Officials warn that Cape Town is bound to face one of the world’s worst droughts. Most officials have also resorted to the switching off of taps to ratio the distribution of water. Residents have given this day a special name: ‘Day Zero’.
According to Reuters, there is a tough water-saving regime in Cape Town as farmers are generous. They have given the country’s major tourist hub a welcome respite. Even with the impending drought, normal activities are on-going as usual. This does not mean that residents are not worried about the coming days and the possibilities of surviving the water shortage. Day Zero is three to four months away.
In a report issued by the government, Day Zero is set at 9th July as there will be a decline in water usage. This came in a few days after Groenland Farmers Association donated 10 billion liters of water. This gesture has temporarily salvaged the situation.
South Africa’s government has issued a notice of national disaster over Cape Town and the afflicted areas. This is a reflection of the government’s willingness to spend money and resources in handling the crisis. Given that Cape Town attracts over 1 million tourists annually, the government is becoming resilient in its battle against drought. The chronic drought will affect the tourist department thereby knocking the bright spot of economic growth.
South Africa’s weather service department has issued a report stating that the country has experienced such seasons on two previous occasions. The first season was in 1921 while the second season was in 2015.
To deal with such situations in future, South Africa is planning to build a world-class green economy to hold the future of its citizens. This will be a beacon of hope.