LETTER: Alternative water sources needed

2017-01-24 06:01

As a garden lover living in our beautiful Cape Town garden city it is heartbreaking to see my garden slowly dying through lack of water.

Some of these plants cost in excess of R500 and nearly R750 with fertiliser.

Will the council compensate me for this loss?

I understand the need for water restrictions to safeguard the current water situation but let’s take a good look at the future situation.

If all the dams were full at the start of the dry season would this be sufficient to cover our current needs?

And if so how many more people could Cape Town accommodate before full dams would not be sufficient? Is the current situation a temporary once-off situation or are there simply too many people demanding access to too little water?

Our water supply is finite so some clever mathematician could calculate how many water users the Cape could sustain if every citizen were allowed say one kilolitre of water per month from October to say April. It the population of Cape Town exceeds that figure then we will be lucky to have drinking water.

Israel have solved their water problems by desalination of sea water so if we want to survive, then the City council who works for us, better follow their example or Cape Town as we know it today, will become a desert.

David Bills Email

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