Story Of Cape Town: Lessons For India

The city of Cape Town has recently introduced level five water restrictions limiting the use of water by individuals at a bare minimum sustainance level of 80 litres per day. The city has set 500 million litres of water as the limit for overall water consumption. Industries have been asked to minimise there municipal water usage to reduce the pressure on available resources.

There is provision for fines as high as Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 for households and industries that fail to keep to the restrictions. The government has also promised support for commercial establishments that would lawfully aware to the norms. There efforts have been rightfully acknowledged. Capetown governor Mr. Mokonyane suggested that it would be inevitable to make use of wastewater to manage the current water crisis.

The lessons are many and early- it is up to us to learn it soon.


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