Cape Town Water Crisis
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 753 , Segment 6
Episode: Private Space Exploration, The Good Cemeterian, Water Crisis in Cape Town
- Feb 22, 2018
- 11:57 mins
Guest: Anthony Turton, PhD, Environmental Strategist, Professor of Political Science, University of Free State, South Africa For several months, Cape Town, South Africa has been on the verge of running completely out of water. It would be the world’s first major city to end up in such a predicament. Cape Town residents have cut their water use so aggressively they’re now using barely enough water for one 3-minute shower and a couple of toilet flushes per person per day. City officials hope that kind of conservation will make Cape Town’s water resources last until the winter rains, which should arrive in June or July, since Cape Town is in the Southern Hemisphere. How does a city of 4 million people run out of water?