Bore­hole wa­ter wasted

Cape Times - - OPINION - Cape Town

MOST peo­ple in the West­ern Cape and es­pe­cially Cape Town are well aware of the wa­ter cri­sis that we are fac­ing.

The like­li­hood of any mean­ing­ful rain­fall be­fore the on­set of the sum­mer is re­mote to say the least.

This means that we will al­most cer­tainly run out of wa­ter from the orig­i­nal stor­age sources fairly early in the new year.

What really is con­cern­ing is the cur­rent use and waste of bore­hole wa­ter in gar­dens. This is es­pe­cially ev­i­dent in the south­ern sub­urbs.

Landown­ers need to ap­pre­ci­ate that this un­der­ground wa­ter is fi­nite. The wa­ter “wasted” wa­ter­ing gar­dens and es­pe­cially pave­ments, most of which ends up on the road any way, is not ac­cept­able. We could well find that this wa­ter may be the only wa­ter avail­able if we do run out and to use it on a gar­den purely for aes­thetic rea­sons is very short-sighted if not self­ish. Con­cerned ci­ti­zen

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