The city of Cape Town, South Africa, now projects that, if there was to be no rainfall, “Day Zero”, the day that the city’s taps may run dry, would arrive on August 27, 2018.
Previously, Day Zero had been moved back from early April to June 4 and then July 9.
Full OOSKAnews coverage of the Cape Town water crisis can be found here.
A March 6 statement by Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson states that as the new August 27 date falls deep within the region’s normal rainfall period, it is no longer appropriate to project the date without any consideration of rainfall. “Thus, provided we continue our current water savings efforts, Day Zero can be avoided completely this year. It is now up to all of us. If we keep on saving, we will not have to queue for water this year”.
Neilson goes on to urge all Capetonians not to relax their savings efforts: “While we are feeling more confident of avoiding Day Zero this year, we cannot predict the volume of rainfall still to come. If winter rainfall this year is as low as last year, or even lower, we are still in danger of reaching Day Zero early next year…our challenge now is to continue reinforcing (water conservation) behavior changes, and to spread the message among our communities, at the workplace, at home, at school”.
UN Special Climate Envoy Michael Bloomberg Visits Theewaterskloof Dam
Three-term Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, in his first undertaking following his appointment this week as UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, toured the Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam supplying water to the Western Cape of South Africa, March 7. The founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies was joined by prominent environmental and water experts to better understand the scope of the drought and discuss how, given the intensification of extreme weather due to climate change around the globe, cities can accelerate their preparations for an uncertain water future.
“The extreme drought here in Cape Town should be a wake-up call for all who think that climate change is some far off threat”, said Bloomberg.
“It's already here, it's making droughts and storms more dangerous, and we've got to do more to keep it from getting worse. Cities and businesses are helping to lead the way, but all levels of society in all countries - on all continents - must take bolder actions. We cannot let droughts like this become common around the world”.
Bloomberg has often criticized US President Donald Trump’s skepticism of accepted climate change science. Earlier this week he had taken the opportunity of his appointment as UN Climate Envoy to say that he hopes Trump changes his mind about climate change, something the US President has repeatedly called a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese.