CAPE TOWN, Experts in South Africa say climate change has come faster to South Africa than was expected and that droughts are becoming more prolific in the country.
University of Cape Town water researcher Kevin Winter said here Wednesday that this had given planners little room to come up with pro-active measures to mitigate the impact of climate change. He was commenting on the water crisis in the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality.
There is a major concern that the city will run dry as not enough rain has fallen and Winter said the interval between one drought and the next was becoming shorter.
The average level of the six major dams providing water to the city is effectively at only 17 per cent of capacity and there is a major concern that the city will run out of water as not enough rain has fallen so far and only one month of (the Souther Hemisphere) winter remains.
Cape Town Weather Office forecaster Henning Grobler said only light rain was predicted for this week and the Western Cape Provincial Government has begun clearing silted water canals running into the Voelvlei Dam near Gouda.
The Cape Town city government has stepped up enforcement measures to deal with high water users with the Water Inspectorate to install water management devices at properties with unjustifiably high use this week. The devices were previously used to assist with unpaid water bills.
The Mayoral Committee Member for Water, Xanthea Limberg, said many consumers were still not adhering to a daily savings target of 87 litres per person per day and officials will forcibly reduce water usage by restricting supply.
Stubborn high users have received warning notices. We will be forcibly reducing the water use of those who cannot justify their high water usage. We will see our face cases this week, many water users continue to inspire us with their efforts and we thank them for understanding that this is our new normal. Our rainfall thus far in July has been minimal.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK