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Cape Town Water Sortage

January 25, 2018

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People collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring, in St. James, about 25km from the city centre, on January 19, 2018, in Cape Town. 
Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said on January 18, as the city battles its worst drought in a century. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH        (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

People collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring, in St. James, about 25km from the city centre, on January 19, 2018, in Cape Town. Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said on January 18, as the city battles its worst drought in a century. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

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People collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring, in St. James, about 25km from the city centre, on January 19, 2018, in Cape Town. Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said on January 18, as the city battles its worst drought in a century. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

According to CNN News, in Cape Town, South Africa, they’re calling it “Day Zero” — the day when the taps run dry. City officials have recently stated that day would come on April 22. This week, they moved up the date to April 12. Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and a top international tourist draw. Now the residents of Cape Town are playing a delicate game of water math every day. They are recycling bath water to flush toilets, and they are changing their shower minutes to 90 seconds. As a result, hand sanitizer, once somewhat of an afterthought, is now a big seller. Resident Darryn Ten told CNN, “Unwashed hair is now a sign of social responsibility.” People have been collecting water from pipes fed by an underground spring in St. James, a Cape Town suburb. This town has been run dry by a drought. They have called it the worst drought in more than a century, which has now pushed the small town’s water scarcity into a potentially deadly horizon. The city has lowered the water pressure in its mains to help stretch the water supply, but usage is still 86 million liters above its target goal.”It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero,” a statement from the mayor’s office said. “We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them.” Starting February 1, residents will only be allowed to use 50 liters, or a little over 13 gallons, of water per person, per day.

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