Weatherman Derek van Dam does a 'Day Zero' in Atlanta
CNN weather anchor Derek van Dam imposed water restrictions at his Atlanta home in the US for a day in solidarity with Cape Town.
Van Dam, who was eNCA’s weatherman for seven years and married his South African sweetheart Tara Hossack two years ago, wanted to experience the same challenges Cape residents are facing with the current water crisis.
A CNN film crew was on hand to capture Van Dam and his family mimicking the situation in Cape Town homes when “day zero” eventually arrives.
Van Dam posted on Facebook: “My family and I filmed a special CNN International story at our house showcasing the difficulties of the Cape Town water crisis.
“We turned off the water supply to our home for 24 hours, mimicking ‘day zero’, the day when Cape Town runs out of water.
“We are showing tips and suggestions that a family can do to happily get by on 25 litres per person per day. This will be the mandatory water restrictions imposed on the city if the reservoirs and dams run dry.”Speaking from Atlanta, Van Dam said the CNN International story would be aired soon on the channel and also be posted across all his social media platforms.
Van Dam said the one-day experiment was very difficult.
“We are busy with the edit process and hope to have it finalised soon. And, yes, everyone will be able to see it including my friends and family in South Africa.
“Cape Town is very close to our hearts. Even though we don’t live there at the moment, we are deeply connected to the community and we have many family members and friends who are going through this crisis.
“This was our way to connect to what they are going through and hopefully be able to show some empathy through our actions. It was a way for us to have a meaningful look at our own water use and wastage,” he said.
Van Dam, who has a legion of local fans, has been highlighting the water crisis on CNN since January.
He said he remained committed to tell the world Cape Town’s story, using the CNN platform.