Cape Town is quite similar to Los Angeles. Both sit near the 34th Longitude -- LA in the North, while Cape Town is South of the Equator. Both enjoy a Mediterranean climate -- warm, dry summers with winter rain. And each has experienced recent periods of prolonged, intense drought.
Severe as our drought has been here in Southern California, however, Cape Town hasbeen affected disproportionately more. There, reservoirs have declined to critically low levels, leading the city to announce plans early this year for an anticipated “Day Zero,” April 22, the day the municipal water supply would be shut off, making Cape Town the first major city to run out of water.
Extreme water saving measures, however, augmented by a drastic decline in agricultural irrigation, has seen the Cape Town area reduce its daily water consumption by more than half. Day Zero has been staved off, for now, pushed back first to mid-August, and now not expected before 2019. But the situation remains dire, particularly if the run of record dry winters continues through 2018.
Join us, April 18, when Deven Upadhyay, Metropolitan Water’s Assistant General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, explores the causes and effects of Cape Town’s prolonged drought, and why it is so different from the situation here in Southern California.
You won’t want to miss this, for while Cape Town serves as a stark illustration of future calamities, the experience and example of managed water use in California provides a considerable measure of protection from our own Day Zero, and a blueprint to action for other lands the world over.