‘Hey, great blog,’ said a guy I always see at the dog park.
‘So glad you read it,’ I replied. ‘ Thank you.’ I always feel a little self conscious when writers have read my stuff.
He has thousands of readers. I have about 12.
We stopped for a chat. We spoke about Johannesburg, summer, our perfect dogs and of course, the lack of rain.
You cannot help but talk about the lack of rain, there’s evidence all over the park. The earth is dry and cracked, the dams are low and the streams so narrow you don’t even have to jump.
I went on a little vent.
‘God what is wrong with Johannesburg Water. Like, we keep getting messages in all caps from Gauteng Weather about OH MY GOD HEATWAVE, but we don’t get messages from Jo’burg Water about OH MY GOD WATER.’
Johannesburg Water should be running extreme active campaigns.
‘Stop venting to me,’ he said. ‘Write about it.’
Oh, I said, thinking of my twelve readers.
But when I got home and went into my garden and looked at the mint burning at the edges with not a raincloud in sight, I started writing.
Sure, we may have rain. I think it’s supposed to HUGE THUNDERSTORM NEXT WEEK. Sure the dams may go from 40 % to full. But they may not. And even if they do, it’s temporary.
Johannesburg water is an issue.
We all watched Cape Town approaching Day Zero. They left their water crisis management till the last minute. And now they’ve had rain, people have forgotten.
Until the next crisis.
We need OH MY GOD ACTIVE WATER CAMPAIGNS.
This is a plea to Johannesburg Water. You guys are in charge. I know we have water restrictions from 6 am till 6 pm. And I know you put stuff on Twitter and your Twitter guy is in fact very good. BUT NOT EVERYBODY IS ON TWITTER. And even if they were, we need more water awareness. And stronger restrictions.
We have got to change our ways.
We need to be active. We need massive posters. We need them everywhere.
Johannesburg Water, and my 12 readers, it’s over to you.