City’s bleak future
HOW can the draconian water measures with threats of bringing in the army to control the situation even be contemplated?
In 1965, we were warned we had to make plans regarding water supplies or we would some day run out of water. Unfortunately, the City Council dragged its heels on the matter and we are now at that crisis point.
I believe that some time ago the Israelis, with their extensive knowledge of desalination plants, offered to put such a plant into use in Cape Town at no cost to us. They were willing to give of their expertise and funding for this.
But we turned it down because “we couldn’t upset the Palestinians”.
With the restrictions that may be forced on us in the very near future, we can only look forward to rampant disease through lack of cleanliness and proper hygiene. We will revert to being unable to wash, clean our homes or environment, or sterilise hospitals.
Suggesting we leave toilets filled with excrement and urine to flush twice a day is deplorable. Not washing hands often enough will help germs to multiply and we will lose resistance to them. Perhaps this will solve the problem of over-population. Is this what we want? As an afterthought, my water meter in our complex has no stopcock, and is almost impossible to read.
Having requested a new one, almost a year later we are still waiting. If it malfunctions, what then?
We had always been taught that cleanliness is next to godliness. Are we now becoming godless because of the council’s inability to face up to its problems correctly and wisely?