One of South Africa’s largest cities, Cape Town, could be the world’s first major municipality to run out of water due to an unprecedented drought.
The city, which is also an iconic tourist destination, has less than a 90-day supply of water left in its reservoirs, meaning residents are forced to ration by taking short showers, flushing the toilet only when necessary and recycling bathing water.
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“Day Zero” (or April 22) is when authorities predict the taps will run dry, leaving city officials scrambling to build desalination plants and drill underground water wells.
The drought has been caused by very low rainfall over the past few years and increased water consumption by the city’s growing population.
Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille said its four million residents have to start drastically cutting down on their water. The capped …
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