ACCORDING to media reports, Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute has predicted that the world’s next major wars will be fought over access to water. And, if things carry on the way they are, the first skirmishes could break out right here in southern Africa, as we try to preserve this precious resource while our supply shrinks, and our population grows.

The term “Day Zero” has been coined to describe the day – which we are doing everything possible in the Western Cape to avoid – when the demand for water to meet essential needs exceeds the supply. According to current projections, unless we take decisive action, Day Zero could arrive in March 2018. Despite the recent rains, Western Cape dams are still on average only 26% full – about 20% lower than the same time last year.

Have we been lax in allowing things to reach this point?

Read HELEN ZILLE’s thought-provoking piece on Day Zero, here.