Drought-Plagued Cape Town Considers Importing An Iceberg To Increase Water Supply
July 05, 2018, 01:04 PM
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To serious water worriers, the extreme drought situation in Cape Town South Africa has been a forecast of bad things to come in the overpopulated future. Regions with more people than their rainfall can support are at risk for water shortages, particularly when even alleged environmentalists like California Gov. Jerry Brown think additional millions of residents are no problema — he once invited all of Mexico to come live in his overcrowded state.

The pro-growth Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want any mention made that overpopulation might be a bad thing in water-challenged zones; instead the all purpose bugaboo Climate Change is dragged out as the cause, even when the population of Cape Town has quadrupled since 1960 from one million to four.

So the disastrous drought of Cape Town bears watching as a harbinger of the crowded future as the world population is predicted to reach 8 billion in 2023.

Back in January, Cape Town was expected to run out of water in three months, but epic conservation by the people enabled them to scrape through.

The tow-an-iceberg plan being floated to ease Cape Town drought, Yahoo.com, July 2, 2018

Cape Town (AFP) – It is a plan as crazy as the situation is desperate — towing an iceberg from Antarctica to Cape Town to supply fresh water to a city in the grip of drought.

Earlier this year, Cape Town came within weeks of shutting off all its taps and forcing residents to queue for water rations at public standpipes.

The cut-off was narrowly averted as people scrambled to reduce their water usage and Autumn rains saved the day. But the threat is expected to return to the coastal South African city again next year and beyond.

“The idea sounds crazy,” admits maverick salvage expert Nick Sloane, the brains behind the tow-an-iceberg scheme. “But if you look at the fine details, it is not so crazy.”

Sloane suggests wrapping the iceberg in a textile insulation skirt to stop it melting and using a supertanker and two tugboats to drag it 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) towards Cape Town using prevailing ocean currents.

The iceberg, carefully selected by drones and radiography scans, would be about one kilometre in length, 500 metres across and up to 250 metres deep, with a flat, tabletop surface.

Melted water could be gathered each day using collection channels and a milling machine to create ice slurry — producing 150 million litres of usable water every day for a year.

– ‘Purest freshwater on earth’ –

Sloane’s idea might be dismissed as mere fantasy.

But the 56-year-old Zambian-South African has a reputation for taking on the impossible after he re-floated the giant Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized in 2012 off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people — one of the world’s largest and most complex maritime salvage operations.

“Icebergs are made of the purest freshwater on earth,” the founder of Sloane Marine Ltd said earnestly.