We are going back to medieval times if we reach Day Zero - water expert

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to brief the media on Cape Town's water management plan as the city draws closer to Day Zero.

There are fewer than 80 day’s until the water runs out, with the city’s feeder dams sitting at just 27.2% of capacity.

Water management expert Mike Muller says it has been a long time coming.

The 2002 national water source strategy identified areas in the country that were going to be critically stressed by 2025...so it has been known about for a long time and unfortunately it has become a political issue between the central government and provincial and municipal government.

Mike Muller, water management expert

But ultimately the bottom line is that the central government is responsible for building infrastructure to give resilience against droughts.

Mike Muller, water management expert

He says the primary focus is now survival.

Every entity has to make sure that they have sufficient water to survive, whether its a household, office complex, shopping complex, each of these have their own sets of challenges.

Mike Muller, water management expert

READ: How to get over 60% of Capetonians to understand there is a water crisis

My team has seen this coming for a long time, so we have been working with a lot of corporates, and some of our clients have already started getting themselves off the grid already in anticipation of this.

Mike Muller, water management expert

Muller suggests the city's data on desalination is incorrect and that the ground water plan is not properly thought through.

The ground water plan is in my view not properly thought through simply because the numbers have been skewed. We don't know how many boreholes are needed, we don't know the kind of treatment needed because we still don't know the water quality. There are so many unknowns.

Mike Muller, water management expert

Literally in the medieval times there was a well in the center of the castle and everyone would go queue up and draw their water and that's, I am afraid, where we are going where each person is going to have to queue up in one of 200 water points and carry 25 litres of water.

Mike Muller, water management expert

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This article first appeared on 702 : We are going back to medieval times if we reach Day Zero - water expert


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