I meant to blog this when I saw it, but I needed to go to the beach and relax, so I didn’t get around to it. Still, no harm in sharing it now, because even looking back, I think it’s very telling as to the perilous state of our water supply.
We’re now well into fire season and when they are not fighting fires, our local agencies are working overtime on social media, keeping us informed and trying to stop people from starting fires in the first place. Thank you. Keep up the good work.
Here’s a post from the Overberg Fire Protection Association from the 31st December 2017.
Various reports of smoke have been received from 09:00 this morning. We can confirm that no #wildfires have been reported and area confirmed is safe. #Thanku for your vigilance, Overberg District Municipality Fire and Rescue and the #goFPA members that made sure our area is safe. The phone calls to assist with our efforts (mostly made by members from the beach!), the private plane that could give info and worried officials offering assistance!
All of which seems to be good news, but if no fire, then why the smoke? Because we all know that “there’s no smoke without fire“.
Here’s the image (by devfloat) that accompanied the post:
But that’s not smoke. That’s dust, but not just dust from anywhere:
#Overberg #Theewaterskloof area 31/12/17 11:30
No ongoing #wildfires, dust from the Theewaterskloof dam is the cause of concern.
Yes, people thought there was a fire in the area because there was dust blowing around from the local dam. The one that would usually be full of water and supplying it to Cape Town.
Not only is it not full of water and not supplying it to Cape Town, the dam is so dry that its surface is blowing around and making people think the valley is on fire.
I know that this is not “news”, but if anyone out there needs a sign that we are in a seriously dire situation, then this is surely it.
And yet only a third of us are following the city’s recommendations:
We are utterly buggered. And we only have
ourselves the other 66% to blame.