Instead if using our group’s perspective on problem, we need to use the local people’s point of view to see the “real” problem.
Day zero is not the day the last drop of water is finished. It the day when Capetown’s remaining water resources hit the cut of line where government will implement strict water rationing by means if a collective system.
In the event of what the City of Cape Town refers to as ‘Day Zero’, there will be available water for tourists and locals’ critical needs. This is considered to be water for personal hygiene and consumption. ‘Day Zero’ is when the City of Cape Town cuts the regular flow of water.
- What does ‘Day Zero’ mean?
- ‘Day Zero’ is when the City of Cape Town cuts the regular flow of water.
- ‘Day Zero’ is a projected date that is entirely dependent on current rates of water consumption: if all stakeholders adhere to the required water savings target, ‘Day Zero’ can be avoided.
- Tourists would still be able to enjoy the diverse and world-class experiences Cape Town and the Western Cape has to offer.
- We all take the water for granted and no regulation on the water usage. Unlike local people who need to be very strict on the water usage.
- Water should not be treated as commercial product
- People only react when monetary/economic factors are being involved
- Clearing out the situation
One of the ways to make the situation clearer is to, instead of adapting the perspective of those that are going through the Day Zero, we could be a platform to showcase the situation and make it more understandable by making it more relatable and easier to sympathize. Saying that water should not be treated as a commercial product shows our perspective over the situation, but it doesn’t create a more sympathizable idea, just commercial solutions.
To be able to solve the situation we need to do a bottom up research. That’s why we are focusing on the “Water token” solution, because it lets people take control over the water instead of companies by creating a social currency that it’s not connected to any major organizations.
We came up with the “water tokens” solution
According to the feedback by the class, people still see that since Capetown is located around the sea, why don’t just convert seawater to fresh water. However, it cost a lot of money and not worth it.
Most people still confused about how can we apply “water tokens”
Some say that the problem is water shortage, we are solving the problem in the different point.
Real case example: prepaid water tokens in Malawi and Nairobi
We will talk about Water token in details in next stage.