What it's about:
A plan is being floated to bring icebergs from Antarctica to South Africa as the region grapples with its worst water crisis in over a century.
Marine salvage experts have suggested guiding huge blocks of ice across the ocean and melting them down into millions of litres of drinking water for Cape Town residents.
The icebergs would be wrapped in fabric skirts to avoid them evaporating, and chopped into a slurry by a milling machine, salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters.
When melted down, a single iceberg could produce 150 million litres of drinking water per day for around a year, around 30 percent of Cape Town’s water shortage, he said.
Sloane will hold a conference later this month to try and sell his $130 million project to South African officials and investors.
Why it's noteworthy:
Sloane’s proposal may sound extreme, but Cape Town is in need of ongoing action to ward off "Day Zero", when the city would have to shut off the taps, forcing citizens to line up at water supply points.
Earlier this year, South Africa declared a national disaster as the country struggles to recover from three years of relentless drought.
Cape Town’s 4 million residents have been asked to curb their water consumption to avert Day Zero, which authorities warn may arrive as soon as next year if winter rains do not come to the rescue.
Water conservation campaigns have managed to stave off the threat for now, but experts warn the risk remains real.
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