When looking at property for sale in George, you may still have the Cape Town water crisis fresh in your mind, but as things improve, it is time to look at a lot of the positive factors that have come from this disaster.
Many people will argue that this is not a situation that Cape Town should ever have been in. The Mother City came agonisingly close to becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water, and residents were scrambling to help avoid the dreaded Day Zero.
Of course, Day Zero never arrived and as of July 2018, dam levels are finally not at a level that sends shockwaves through the province. At over 50% full, water security is sorted for around two years based on the current usage levels.
The property market has seen resurgence in stock, while the holiday rental market is slowly enjoying improvement after lower levels of occupancy during the drought. This all comes after some good winter rains, but the lessons learned by residents will remain valuable for many years to come.
Water is set to become one of the most valuable resources in the world in the future, and having the ability to save water on a sustainable level is going to be vital. Residents in Cape Town went above and beyond the call to save for the most part, sharing inventive ways of recycling household water.
Many people also installed grey water systems, boreholes and water collection tanks on their properties, which will continue to reduce the impact on water supply systems while also allowing them to be less dependent on water supplied by the government.
As the rains have fallen and dam levels stop making headlines, it remains crucial that people not only in the Western Cape, but around the world stop to look back and incorporate some of the learnings in their daily lives.