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Stop Fucking Flushing.

It's 90 days til Day Zero - if you're still flushing, are you even for real?

As Cape Town stands 90 days from what has been dubbed ‘day zero‘, all niceties have vanished. Dear mellow-yellow-flushers, who obstinately continue to insist that random strangers flush in public bathrooms, dear 15 minute shower-ers who think that they will be spared from the consequences the rest of Cape Town will have to endure*, dear tap-runners and bath-takers…  April 25th may not be ‘too hot or too cold, with only the need for a light jacket’, but it will be a bleak day indeed- if you don’t stop fucking flushing.

Stop fucking flushing**. Can we stop pretending that a little pee ever hurt anybody? Your hygiene and standards thereof, for others, are not relevant- they haven’t been for a while. And if you aren’t flushing- don’t let anyone make you feel bad for not wasting 6-13.6l for their ego. To people who shame others-  it’s not about you. One moment of your discomfort saves that much- your discomfort is worth it. If peeing in a used toilet (hate to break it to you love, but it’s been used, a LOT, and for things other than pee) hold it, or deal with it.

‘… the point is, it’s happening, and if you don’t start acting like it, it’ll happen sooner.’

Stop fucking flushing. I know you’re in denial, but it’s really happening. We don’t even have as much (or little) as you think ‘Dam levels have dipped to 28.7% percent this past week – down by one percentage point.’ Says Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille. ‘Only about 18.7% of this water is usable as the last 10% is difficult to abstract from the dams.’ So…

Stop fucking flushing – it’s important to know why we are here but the point is, it’s happening, and if you don’t start acting like it, it’ll happen sooner. Only 39% of Capetonians adhered to the 87l per day restriction and in 90 days Capetonians will have to line up for 25l per person per day. That means each person will have to cook, clean, wash- and yes- flush with only 25l.

‘… households in formal suburbs make up 66% of water usage.’

No, it’s not only ‘the poor’ who will deal with this, ‘the poor’ that I have heard many a middle-class South African blame for our current situation (racism, it never takes a break does it), it’s households in formal suburbs that make up 66% of water usage.

No, it’s not ‘over-population’ or the 700 affordable houses proposed to accommodate basically criminal gentrification in Woodstock. As mayoral committee member Water and Waste Services, Xanthea Limberg says “Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat.”

‘Water restrictions are not optional, they are mandatory.’

It’s many factors, it’s politics , it’s climate, it’s even just bad timing. As the South African puts into perspective, “Never in recorded history has Cape Town encountered a drought of such severity for three consecutive years.” Stop trying to pass the blame. Stop fucking flushing.

You might not be from South Africa, you might just be visiting, but don’t think that makes you exempt, because (sorry, friend) you are here. And there is a water crisis happening RN. When you are visiting another city, you get clued up before you arrive, and once you’re there, the laws apply to you too. Water restrictions are not optional, they are mandatory. If you ask me to fucking flush for you at Yours Truly, I will reply with.. Can you guess it? ‘Stop fucking flushing.’

Be more like this guy:

According to Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, as of January 2018, ‘only 39% of Cape Town’s residents used less than 87 litres of water per person per day’. What the actual fuck. Shame on you. Stop fucking flushing.

Currently, water restrictions are at level 6B meaning that water use is restricted to 50l per day per person. Day Zero is set at the 21st April 2018, when that the majority of taps will be turned off  and ‘Only vital services will still receive water.’

According to IOL water collection point locations will be announced next week. The restriction per month per household is 6000l. Not sure how much you’re using and how much you will be fined, if you are over? Business Live breaks it down:

‘Households that use up to 6‚000l of water a month‚ currently paying R28.44‚ will see their bill rise to R145.98.

For those who use up to 10‚500l‚ the bill will rise from R109.50 to R390.82.

Then it gets ugly. Households that use up to 20‚000l will see their bill rise from R361.06 to R1‚536.25; up to 35‚000l‚ bills will rise from R1‚050.04 to R6‚939.57; and up to 50‚000l‚ bills will rise from R2‚888.81 to R20‚619.57.’

But what if you aren’t flushing- what now? “[The] City continues its work around the clock to bring additional water sources into our supply network. These projects include groundwater abstraction from the three aquifers around Cape Town, the three desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein and the V&A Waterfront, and the recycling of waste water… These projects, however, will only ensure water security in the long run and we cannot relax our water saving efforts for one day.”

This is what 50l per day looks like:

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So if you haven’t yet, could you please..

STOP FUCKING FLUSHING.

 

* you might already have a Jojo for backup, but most of our population (around 55.5%) can’t afford Jojos so keep that in mind and don’t be an asshole.

** I hope it’s clear that I mean stop flushing unnecessarily (for number 1s 😉) . And preferably not with drinkable water.

Learn more about the water restrictions here.

Feature image: flickr.com/photos/archidave