Cape Town is known to be a tourist destination for its beautiful beaches, sunshine, and sea. That’s not all it will be so famous for, in Early March its predicted that water to drink might not be available.
The Government of South Africa is doing all they can such as, Desalination Plans to make Sea Water Drinkable, Groundwater collection and water recycling are the numbers of methods being used to create and save drinking water.
So far, a cap of 87 liters is being asked to be used by the residents, with car washing and swimming pool filling being banned. That’s not all, the Indian Cricket team was asked to limit their post-match showers to only 2 minutes.
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What needs to be realized is that the severe droughts and increasing population all over the world mean the decrease in drinking water will be felt across the globe.
India is facing a crisis of drinking water in the future. The city of Bangalore known for its technology startups and multinational companies will be the first to be affected. Nearly 85% of Bengaluru’s water bodies had water only for irrigation and industrial cooling, not for drinking water purposes. In addition, only 30% of the sewage is processed at treatment plants with the remaining being flowed to lakes. This is a severe threat to water pollution.
With severe drinking water issues, many countries are innovating for the betterment. Example French company, CityTaps streamlines water access by limiting and tracking water usage using the internet. The first trial is currently being held in Niger, where users are able to buy water credits through their smartphones and thus the smart meter dispenses only the amount of water being bought. This limits the water being used and will ensure that no wastage occurs.
The severe water crisis is already seen to affect issues such as medical and healthcare. In Tiaty, health services have been grounded due to the shortage of water, and this water is compulsory in order to maintain cleanliness by medical staff washing hands before and after attending patients.