Government will use ‘fog harvesting’ and ‘cloud seeding’ to fight South Africa’s water crisis

Hephaestus

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literally get back to basics first
Fix leaks, ...!!
Get a national school campaign on water going-how we are a water scares country and how bloody precious H2O
But the water does not stop coming out of the tap, it's magic. We can leave the tap open for days and nothing happens to the water
 

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literally get back to basics first
fix leaks , ...!!
get a national school campaign on water going-how we are a water scares country and how bloody precious H2O
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two years back when water restrictions in cape town were at 30l/p, I reported a burst pipe outside my house, they took nice 6 hours to come over and stop the leak.
 

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two years back when water restrictions in cape town were at 30l/p, I reported a burst pipe outside my house, they took nice 6 hours to come over and stop the leak.
Not sure if complaining or bragging? 6 hours is pretty good, they do have other things to attend to as well.
 

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I wonder which lucky connected cadre's family member will get the tender....
"Coal Star Investment Trust" ... now also adding weather services to their massive portfolio of services rendered to the guavamint. Outsource the actual work to another smaller non EE entity at 10% of the price. 90% profit!!
 

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Not sure if complaining or bragging? 6 hours is pretty good, they do have other things to attend to as well.
definitely complaining. council had installed a water restriction device and we were getting only 300L per day at that time. It was painful to see a river gushing outside the house while we were not flushing our toilets to save water.
 

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Farms consume huge amounts of water and with the droughts farmers are doing anything they can to secure water.

Some farmers illegally store and channel more water. Some do it legally. And who can blame them they need an income and they need to pay wages and also supply water to their local people, workers and their families. Let alone grow food for everyone in the country and export what they can. But these are vast amounts of water that need to be better controlled monitored and policed as it has a knock on effect on many people even metros and towns.

Btw I'm a farmer so I'm not pointing fingers I can see that it's survival of the fittest out here. Dog eat dog sometimes. I would hate to have the government on my shoulder but it seems like we're heading for disaster. We're already feeling the first effects on the economy and food supplies.

Even when the government tries to police these matters they appear toothless.
 
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supersunbird

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definitely complaining. council had installed a water restriction device and we were getting only 300L per day at that time. It was painful to see a river gushing outside the house while we were not flushing our toilets to save water.
Entitled.
 

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Step 1 - set up a decent recycling initiative to reduce waste in SA
Step 2 - use said recycled products to manufacture much cheaper rainwater collection tanks
Step 3 - change laws to state that every single house should have at least a 2500l rainwater tank installed
Step 4 - initiate an artisan program that will train people to install underground grey water systems easily
Yeah, sure, if they pay or subsidize the tank.
 

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Echo the sentiment - repair leaks, will save millions and millions and L of fresh water....

Also really do like the idea of changing law to make it a requirement that any new development (including commercial) needs to have a rain water tank (similar to how laws stand on number of parking bays and requirement to have a pool fence). Simple solutions work best!
 

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What the actual problem is in South Africa is that the price of water does not reflect the balance between the supply and demand.
This is because you have ideologues who regard water as a right, not a commodity.

Had water been subject to market forces instead of being a government monopoly, prices would have gone up as they should have during a drought, and thus individuals would have incentives to save water. Those who don't want to save water will then create a nice market to invest in water supply, either with desalination or treating grey water. Either the existing people making a killing on their services will do it, or someone will see an opportunity to do the same and start a business to do it.

Instead we have a national government that can't know how much water people need and how much they are willing to pay for it. Thus they will never be able to determine how much water infrastructure they should build and how much the water should cost.

Socialism and central planning 101.
Same thing happened with Eskom.
 

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They cannot employ 10 000 people to sit and wait for water leaks calls to attend so as to respond and fix within under 1 hour, there is a manpower limit, travel time, busy working on other leaks, getting stock, and a myriad of other considerations, 6 hours is good, 12 hours you can start thinking of complaining.
 

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They cannot employ 10 000 people to sit and wait for water leaks calls to attend so as to respond and fix within under 1 hour, there is a manpower limit, travel time, busy working on other leaks, getting stock, and a myriad of other considerations, 6 hours is good, 12 hours you can start thinking of complaining.
They can take a bit longer and replace a full section of pipe that is on the end of its life cycle instead of just patching it so that it pops a few meters away.

We've been experiencing water cuts because of burst pipes every second day.
And when that happens they need to drain the whole section to work on the pipe waste who knows how much water.
 
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They cannot employ 10 000 people to sit and wait for water leaks calls to attend so as to respond and fix within under 1 hour, there is a manpower limit, travel time, busy working on other leaks, getting stock, and a myriad of other considerations, 6 hours is good, 12 hours you can start thinking of complaining.
clearly u were not in cape town during the water crisis.
when people are billed more than R30000 for leakage in their house they didnt know about, I dont think its fair that the government takes 6 hours to fix a burst pipe that was wasting water at 50-80l/min. And that was not the time they took to fix it, someone from emergency services just came and bent the pipe. It took another 5 hours or so for someone from the water department to come over and fix it.
 

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They cannot employ 10 000 people to sit and wait for water leaks calls to attend so as to respond and fix within under 1 hour, there is a manpower limit, travel time, busy working on other leaks, getting stock, and a myriad of other considerations, 6 hours is good, 12 hours you can start thinking of complaining.
While I largely agree, from my non first hand experience, 12 hours is a pipe dream, the quickest I have heard of was three days and it was literally a fountain.
 
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