Turn to Israel, God in drought

While the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government are still trying to figure out how to deal with the drought in our city and province, dam levels continue to drop at an alarming rate.

Finding cost-effective solutions to relay water from the sea along the coastline onto land, and to remove the salt from the seawater to make it drinkable, still continues to evade us. It seems that the key solution on the table at present is to save water, but how long before there is no more water to save?

Our water experts would do well to partner with other countries, such as Israel. It is also a water-scarce country which receives much less rain than South Africa. Israel has developed systems and technologies which enable the country to not only conserve and recycle lots of water but also desalinate sea water at reasonable cost.

On the other hand, provincial governments in the northern parts of South Africa urged their residents to pray for rain for much of last year. Some of their dam levels have risen from only 15% to more than 100% since the rain started falling towards the end of November last year. Could these extraordinarily good rains be attributed to some natural weather phenomenon, scientific intervention or mere coincidence, or was it an answer to prayer? Our hope should be that God will bless us with abundance of rain exactly where it is needed at our main dams.

Will municipalities in the Western Cape and the provincial government be so wise as to organise official days of prayer for rain or will they simply refuse to humble themselves and fail to acknowledge their dependence on God for the supply of water to our region?

R Bartes Cape Town
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