Water crisis in Cape Town

Posted on 31 Jan 2018
By Azusa Pacific International

As a result of much lower-than-normal rainfall over the past few years, the dams supplying Cape Town’s water are at an all-time low.  The city has prepared a comprehensive disaster plan for “Day Zero”, when taps to all except essential services will be cut off.  Residents will then have to collect water from centralized points, with 25 liters (about 6.6 gallons) being available per person per day.  Our present student cohort in Cape Town has been restricted to 50 liters (about 13 gallons) per day, and they have risen magnificently to the challenge.  Our Cape Town campus at Wellwood Lodge has now been fitted with eight 5000-liter water tanks to catch whatever rainfall might occur, and we have also negotiated to have some water delivered from another part of the country to ensure that the students in the present Spring 2018 semester will be able to complete their time here without having to line up to collect water.  Unfortunately, the various APU short-term study trips scheduled to be in Cape Town for May, June and July have had to be cancelled.  Please pray with us that the Lord will be gracious and send early, copious rains on the Western Cape.  “Day Zero” has now been indefinitely postponed, but the situation is still very serious, with the drought being declared a national disaster.  Even if rains come, it will be many months, or even years, before Capetonians will be able to have normal water usage again.