What Preppers Can Learn from Cape Town, Where Residents Live on 13 Gallons of Water Per Person Per Day
Living in Cape Town South Africa, after we have gained experience with rolling blackouts, our city (and surrounds) ran out of water … a first-world major metropolis ran out of water.
This is my summation of what happened and how we personally dealt with it.
Two things to note:
- Cape Town falls in a winter rainfall area. (Similar to Northern California)
- In our country, clean water is a constitutional right. Building dams, desalination plants, and maintaining the dams is the responsibility of the national government. Local governments are responsible for distributing the water. They are not allowed to build dams or desalination plants. Cape Town was forced to do both, at taxpayers’ cost.
This is to give you some background on how things are (or are supposed to be) here. You will see that how things are supposed to be are not how things are.
How did Cape Town almost run completely out of water?
There were basically four main reasons, as Cape Town knew of this pending problem:
- An unforeseen severe drought triggered it all.
- Unbeknownst to most, because of “state capture” (a kind phrase for corruption), the National Department of Water and Sanitation had no funds left to build dams. The South African public was blissfully unaware of this.
- The local budgets, the part that the city must budget in order to distribute the water, was used to build a dam, effect some repairs to local national water infrastructures, and because year after year there were good rains, the rest was used for other pressing political promises, like schools, toilets (yes toilets), and housing etc.
- There was a huge influx of people into Cape Town from other provinces, seeking jobs, as the Western Cape is one of the best-run provinces in SA.
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