Dear MEL Topic Readers,
One family's struggle to conserve water in dire Cape Town drought
Turn the tap on, water comes out. But what if it doesn’t?
While Egypt and Ethiopia are having a dispute over the construction of another dam on the Nile River in northern Africa (as introduced yesterday), people are struggling to conserve water in South Africa.
Cape Town, a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, is famous for flat-topped Table Mountain. The second-most populous urban area in the country has been suffering a severe drought for three years, and this year, "Day Zero," the day when Cape Town runs out of the water, is nearing. Residents are already restricted to only 50 liters of water per person per day. The city has managed to halve its daily water consumption, but supplies are still running low, the summer season hasn’t finished yet, and rain hasn’t fallen days.
As children in this civilized town are experiencing unprecedented water shortage, they are learning ways to conserve the scarce resource, and also how reliant people are on water for every part of their daily lives. They are children of climate change.
Watch the video of an ordinary family saving water for survival.