“Cape Town could run out of water in April”, “Fears grow that taps will run dry”. These are just two of the headlines that appeared in January. Satellite images confirm that the water situation in the region is serious. Drought expert dr Niko Wanders blames this on the lack of rain caused by the strong El Niño of recent years. The situation has been further exacerbated by climate change and the increased demand for water in the region.
The present drought in Cape Town has been caused by extremely poor rainfall in recent months, with the result that the water supplies are under enormous pressure. It is feared that, unless it rains very soon, the drinking water supply in Cape town will be seriously threatened. Of course, rain in itself will not immediately solve the problem, as the water supplies have shrunk to such an extent that it will take a long time for them to be replenished.