The following is an excerpt from Tracy Lee | March 22, 2018 | Newsweek.com |
While World Water Day offers an opportunity to spotlight the globe’s water issues, residents in Cape Town, South Africa deal with the reality of dry taps every day. Water issues are creating an uncertain future for the city, the first metropolis to deal with such an issue.
Capetonians are playing down the idea of World Water Day as the country's second-largest city faces its worst drought in close to a century. The government has declared a “national disaster” and authorities have pushed a strict water rationing-system that offers a daily ration of 25 liters a day, per person at 200 collection stations.
Looming over Cape Town's 4 million residents is the ominous "Day Zero" scenario, where the city's water would shut off as a conservation measure. Day Zero was originally scheduled for April.
“Every day feels just like World Water Day because of the stress we are currently in and the high risk and possibility of running out of water,” Dr. Kevin Winter of the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Research Institute, told Newsweek.
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