The City of Cape Town needs to clarify its water plan in greater detail in order to allay the fears of residents, says environmental scientist Dr Kevin Winter.
He says the City needs to outline the specifics such as time-frames, costs and implementation plans, should the Cape face the worst case scenario of having no water left to draw from dams.
According to Dr Winter, detailed information is needed in order to counteract the fear and confusion felt by locals.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday revealed that there are three phrases to avoid acute water shortages.
The City is currently in Phase 1, with water rationing through extreme pressure reduction.
If rationing and savings are not successful, Cape Town risks entering Phase 2, which is a disaster stage.
Thereafter, Phase 3 is the extreme disaster phase, where the City would be incapable of drawing water from its surface dams.
Dr Winter says the absence of detail in the critical water shortages disaster plan has caused confusion and panic.
There's so much missing in the media release that is very difficult to interrogate it. I can understand why people are highly frustrated.— Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute
He has also encouraged residents to play their part in saving water and complying with level 5 water restrictions.
We've got to start saving water when we still have it, rather than when we don't.— Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute
Take a listen: