City’s bleak fu­ture

Cape Times - - OPINION - Margie Wil­son Fish Hoek

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?

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