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Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

The City of Cape Town is set to kick off it's summer water saving campaigns in order to conscientise visitors coming to stay in the City during holidays.

According to Mayco member for water and waste services Xanthea Limberg, the City will be placing key water saving messages strategically across the City.

She says tourists will get to hear the messages even before they land in Cape Town. Water saving messages will be on flights to Cape Town, at the airport, the beach, museums and the City centre.

The campaign is themed "Save like a local"

We would like to extend that awareness and drive to our visitors.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

The City is also looking into a host of things to deal with its water crisis.

Limberg says the city will be starting to drill boreholes into the aquifers which should be providing water by end October, and the desalination plants which will be fully functional before the end of 2017, bringing in an additional 500 million litres of potable water per day.

We are looking at desalination and we at different stages of procurement...

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Hydro-Climatologist at UCT, Piotr Wolski about severe thunderstorms that hit Gauteng province on Monday, killing three people and injuring eighteen.

Are these weather patterns a call for concern?

According to Wolski, its hard to predict whether these changes in the weather are a long term thing because weather changes from time to time.

Read: #GautengStorm: 1 dead, 2 injured

We cant tell whether these trends will last for a longer time, they will probably reverse...

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at UCT

Global warming is the only consistent thing we see. The physics show us that the warming brings an increase in moisture in the atmosphere.... bringing high density rainfalls, but that's the theory. Whether it materialises in particular location it depends on many different factors.

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at UCT

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