Water Woes in Supply Chain

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It is not only farmers, and day to day consumers experiencing the challenges of water shortages. Water is mission critical in many parts of Supply Chain too.

Some industries, such as beverage companies, car washers and canners use water as a major component of their service/ product, and others simply use it in their Admin roles to make coffee and flush loos…but there are NO organizations…that do not use it somewhere. Earths most precious resource is still being taken for granted, the 1984 movie Dune and others, portrays a water scarce society, and the lengths people will go too acquire it. Utopia rapidly becomes Armageddon. A few years ago we had the Load Shedding drama, resulting in the only company in the world to advocate using LESS of their product, and pushing for you to use Solar and other solutions… oops, and then the penny dropped…would that not also dry up the revenue stream?

The same seems to be happening with Water Shedding…please use less…oops, we make money selling water…what to do? Oh yes, lets remove free water allocations and hike up the price. Encourage the use of boreholes/wellpoints and tanks…and then we can pass legislation to tax those too…genius. We can forget about politicians…on both sides of the spectrum…. they are more concerned with I told you so’s and scoring political agendas. My vote is not a given, as is amply demonstrated by the last big round of voter apathy that shocked the regime. Water doesn’t see politics, race, gender or religion… it effects everyone. Farmers get about the problem.

Social Media groups such as Water Shedding Western Cape on Facebook are leading the private individual charge, going from water saving and harvesting techniques in a friendly forum, to giving away sponsored prizes such as Water Tanks, Boreholes and Faux Grass etc, all in an effort to spread the word to even larger audience than the 108k membership it already boasts… join and make a difference. 5-6 Million people in the Western Cape…you do the math. That brings us back to the original topic…where can you eliminate water wastage in your supply chain? Through cutting consumption, fixing leaks and reporting issues timeously. Where will your supply chain be tomorrow without water…will you still be in business? Supply Chain has immense power and influence, you might not have a cape, but wield your power nonetheless.

‘With great power comes…’ ‘Water water everywhere, but nary a drop to drink!’ blamed, but we still want to eat, beverage companies get blamed, but we still want our beer & wine…maybe it’s time we really looked at being born with water privilege with new eyes, born in a household with running water from every tap, versus sharing a tap with 20 other families. You know you are really in trouble when you end up as part of Zapiro’s material. It’s a tragedy, but also a business stream, right now the only people benefitting are Plumbers, Borehole Diggers,

Tank producers, instant grey water system specialists and affiliate opportunists laughing all the way to the bank…it’s a great gig if you can get it. The reality of course, is that it is a multi-pronged challenge. There simply isn’t any one solution that will solve the problem. We simply have to plan better, save where we can and encourage others to do so as well. So, enough of the negative , there are enough trolls on social media shooting down every effort of any sort, and enough armchair engineers to point out how you could have done so much better. From tapping aquifers, to towing icebergs, de-salination and harvesting the air….Who is actually doing something about the problem? Well there are several commercial groups really trying, radio campaigns, B&Bs, Hotel chains …but we really need much more…there are still people crawling out from under their rocks saying they know nothing about the problem.

Social Media groups such as Water Shedding Western Cape on Facebook are leading the private individual charge, going from water saving and harvesting techniques in a friendly forum, to giving away sponsored prizes such as Water Tanks, Boreholes and Faux Grass etc, all in an effort to spread the word to even larger audience than the 108k membership it already boasts… join and make a difference. 5-6 Million people in the Western Cape…you do the math. That brings us back to the original topic…where can you eliminate water wastage in your supply chain? Through cutting consumption, fixing leaks and reporting issues timeously. Where will your supply chain be tomorrow without water…will you still be in business? Supply Chain has immense power and influence, you might not have a cape, but wield your power nonetheless. ‘With great power comes…’ ‘Water water everywhere, but nary a drop to drink!’

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