Not less than for now.
“From practically empty (whole storage capability of 19%) to overflowing (whole storage capability 100.8%), the change is superb, with lush greenery protecting the encircling countryside as an alternative of dry, parched, semiarid circumstances,” Tresfon says.
Capetonians grew to become all too acquainted with 90 second showers and reusing grey water to flush their bogs.
On the top of the disaster and simply days earlier than dams ran dry, residents have been restricted to 50 liters per day (simply over 13 gallons) for all cooking, ingesting, washing and bathing. If “Day Zero” had been applied, residents would have needed to queue for each day water rations of 25 liters per individual.
Capetonians rallied collectively to ration water like by no means earlier than, altering its societal relationship with water. It was and continues to be a united effort to avoid wasting their treasured, restricted useful resource.
Nevertheless, this celebration could also be untimely if future water conservation efforts are relaxed and town falls again right into a interval of demand outweighing provide. Cape City has a protracted historical past of water stress, because it’s located in a semiarid area of southern Africa.
Luckily, the Western Cape has acquired above-average winter rains, which has helped alleviate town’s drought stress and replenished the dams to their former glory.