Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cape Town's multi-year droughts have become a disaster

Source: "Why Cape Town's Drought Was So Hard to Forecast"; The Conversation |All Africa|; 19th October 2017; by Bruce Hewitson, Chris Jack and Piotr Wolski

Bruce Hewitson, Chris Jack and Piotr Wolski reported, "Cape Town's drought and associated water shortage has officially escalated to the level of a disaster. The hope for a natural solution ended with the close of the main rainy season in September, and it is clear that water in the dams supplying the city will not last until the next rains in May-June next year. The city had promised alternative sources of supply, the plans are not entirely realistic. (...) Such severe multi-year droughts are very infrequent, occurring perhaps as rarely as once in a millennium. Water supply systems are not designed to withstand their impact. (...)"

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