Cape Town pins hopes on science as Day Zero nears

21 January 2018 - 00:00 By BOBBY JORDAN

It's science to the rescue in drought-stricken Cape Town, where technology has replaced rain and prayers as the best hope of avoiding Day Zero in 89 days' time.
Instead of looking to the sky, water crisis managers are rolling out hi-tech water-saving wizardry to help keep the taps running - even if only at a trickle.
Drought task teams have been set up to prepare for rationing, now considered likely. This week the Sunday Times established that:

"Restrictor" technology that detects and cuts flow from broken or vandalised pipes is being rushed into Western Cape schools;
The Western Cape education department is installing remote-access and time-of-use water meters. These are already in 358 of the province's 1672 schools; and
Air condensers have been fitted at two provincial government buildings in Cape Town, one at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville and the other at Elsenburg in Stellenbosch. The water produced is pumped into ventilation and cooling systems...

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