Stop bickering over Day Zero

2018-05-01 06:00

I believe that social media with its speculative conspiracy theories has distorted the entire concept of “day zero”, with respect to the Western Cape water drought crisis, and management thereof.

Whether it was merely a figment of our imaginations or a political ploy continues to remain debatable.

The fact of the matter is that viewing for example our main source of water for the Cape, viz, the Theewaterskloof dam and others, it remains evident that it is virtually empty.

The photographs depicting its emptiness was definitely not photoshopped. Hence, “day zero” was an imminent threat if Capetonians did not reduce their water consumption from 1.2 billion litres, to just over 500 million litres within a year!

Let’s collectively continue to preserve our God-given, life-giving water resource, instead of bickering over the validity and authenticity of “day zero”.

In the words of a four-year-old at an early childhood development centre, “day zero is a swear word”.

Mark Kleinschmidt Kenwyn

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