Dr Kevin Winter - BA (Hons) HDE (Cape Town), MA (London), PhD (Cape Town)

Response to City's media release on Cape Talk: 5/10/17
City must give Capetonians details to avoid panic over water plan:

Water Update: 3/8/17

Our water security is at huge risk. The next few months are largely unknown, but in the absence of any significant rainfall, the city could run out of water and that will be serious. Collectively we could make a difference. Start by trying to reach the target of using no more than 87 litres per day, as recommended by the City of Cape Town. It’s an odd number, but it sets a personal goal that could enable the city to squeak through the long hot summer until it rains again next year. It is not an easy goal to reach. Knowing how much water you use helps. Start by reading your water bill. If you use 2.6Kl per month, which is 2600 litres, then are you close to achieving that magic number of 87 litres per day. So, for example, if there are four people in your household then you should be within Step 2 of the municipal water tariff at under 10.5Kl per month, then the total monthly cost of water should be about R185. Read your water bill and share the results with others in your household. By the way, 87 litres per day applies to your personal water use whether you are in your home, workplace, school, and so on. Become a skilled water user. Your largest personal water use is from showering and sanitation. If you shower for 2 minutes you will use between 32 and 40 litres per day, and a single flush of the toilet uses between 6 and 20 litres. It’s hard to achieve 87 litres per day, but others are doing it. A final thought, if we all could achieve 87 litres per day or less then there might be sufficient water left in our storage dams to last until the next winter rainfall. A city without water will be miserable.

Click here to read an article from Kevin on "What’s driving Cape Town’s water insecurity, and what can be done about it"

Water Update: 6/08/17

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