What’s happening in Cape Town is a BFD, but doesn’t seem to be getting enough media attention. It would be the first instance of a major city running out of water. What is to blame, you ask?
So how does an ostensibly well-run city manage to blow the water file so spectacularly? In part, it comes down to the fact that its administration was paralyzed by a sort of bureaucratic magical thinking that combined technocratic hyper-efficiency, an obsession with austerity-driven bean-counting, and an apparent belief that miracles are certain to fall from the sky.
The entire piece is worth a read. Check it out.