CAPE TOWN WATER CRISIS: “A city that safeguards itself against water risks is characterised by shared accountability. We have a long way to go,” stated Dr. Kevin Winter, Future Water Institute

“In the future, the implementation of commitments and actions will require a ‘whole of society’ approach in which there is city-wide collaboration built on trust, transparency and mutual accountability. In other words, the challenge should be more about social transformation than finding new water supplies, capital cost and operational expenses,” wrote Dr. Kevin Winter. “The city avoided two crises this past year in water management. It successfully avoided Day Zero and avoided large-scale investment in new water supplies.”

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Los Angeles County’s Bold Plan for Safe, Clean Water: “Weaning ourselves from imported water is starting to seem possible,” wrote Mark Gold in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times

“The (Measure W) initiative imposes a Los Angeles County parcel tax that will generate $300 million per year to reduce pollution from runoff and capture storm water to add to the water supply,” wrote Mark Gold. “Reliance on local water supplies will make L.A. County far more earthquake-resilient and will become increasingly important as climate change brings longer and more severe droughts to the region, and to our imported water sources in the Sierras and the Colorado River watershed.”

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