Cape Town water crisis likely to get worse: water expert

FILE: A water expert says Cape Town simply doesn't have enough water for all its residents. Photo: AFP / Ziniyange Auntony

CAPE TOWN -  The Cape Town water crisis is likely to get worse as summer approaches.

A water expert says Cape Town simply doesn't have enough water for all its residents and those holistic solutions based on science need to be found. 

"We've got to start (understanding) the fundamental drivers, the fundamental problem, and the fundamental problem, in my professional opinion, is the hydraulic density of population; that's the number of people per unit of water over time.

"And if we don't (factor this) into our national policy-making process we are constantly going to lie about our future.

"The reality is we have a growing population base and we have a pressurised water resource base; if you factor in climate change, the water resource base will get more pressurised.

Unless we grasp it properly the current response is to be put pressure on everyone to use less water per day. That is failing to understand eg water for the economy people need to have jobs it's not just about water to drink. So we need a response that's based on best available science, engineering and technology that is solutions driven", said Environment Advisor Professor Anthony Turton.          

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