Water has become a scarce commodity the world over. In South Africa, we’ve been made acutely aware of what it would be like to not have enough water. Cape Town has been suffering through an incredible drought, with its rainy winter season doing little to assist. Dam levels are low and this is awful news for the city and the country which already ranks as the 30th driest country in the world.
Fresh, clean drinking water is a basic human right but in South Africa, it’s become a privilege
The government has implemented water restrictions and set a water usage target of 500 million litres per day. But Cape Town has yet to reach this target. And while this drought is awful, it is highlighting the fact that water wastage is completely unacceptable.
The growing population has put a lot of pressure on water levels for the country too. According to Worldometers population density is 46 per square kilometre. Also, 64.3 percent of the country is urban. So there are a lot of people with houses and families needing clean water to live comfortably.
The current water crisis is due to a drought and therefore there’s no one to blame
But South Africa has long suffered from a lack of infrastructure and an inability to cope with the growing population’s needs. Private companies have come to the rescue to mitigate the water crisis. And there’s an urgent need for mobile water solutions to be developed and used to curb the lack.
Thankfully water technology has been developed
Nowadays sophisticated mobile water solutions are becoming more available. Leaders in water technology such as PROXA Water are offering mobile water services that can tackle just about any water problem. Often times it’s the heavy industries that suffer water concerns which require mobile services and solutions. So mobile water services are able to assist when a water treatment plant has failed when supply is fluctuating or boiler tubes or condensers are leaking. But these mobile solutions have successfully been used to assist areas suffering adverse weather conditions or scarcity issues.
How do mobile water services work?
Often times the mobile water services are massive tanks built into enormous trucks. These large containers of water are transported to the site of concern and can assist continuously while water sources or infrastructure is being repaired. Mobile water solutions are often used for fire outbreaks in areas that aren’t near a natural water source.
When the natural water source is a river or a well or the like, then mobile water solutions come to the rescue. Because these mobile services don’t only transport water they often also offer purification services. This is crucial to prevent diseases from affecting those drinking water that might be contaminated. The mobile purification solutions will treat the water and run it through sophisticated filtration facilities.
Ultimately, mobile water services are built to manage emergencies with immediate effect and can be deployed quickly so the problem is as contained as possible. These services are not usually used for large scale city disasters as most mobile water solutions can only generate around 200 litres per hour. But the rural areas and small towns on the outskirts of the city can be assisted quickly and easily.
The City of Cape Town is apparently in the throes of setting up desalination plants to filter seawater. This together with groundwater extraction and reusable water will hopefully help Cape Town in this period of drought. Recent rains have given much hope but the dam levels are currently only sitting at around 23 percent. And so, as Mayor Patricia de Lille has stated, water saving and prudent water use must become the new “normal” way of living for Cape Town’s population.