South Africa’s Cape Town Expected To Run Out Of Water In April Following Prolonged Drought

PRI: Cape Town could be the first major city in the world to run out of water
“‘Day Zero.’ That’s what Cape Town is calling April 21 — the day that taps are expected to run dry. For three years, Cape Town has had below-average rainfall, but in recent months the drought has reached a critical point…” (1/18).

Reuters: Drought-hit Cape Town at ‘point of no return,’ tightens water targets
“South Africa’s drought-stricken Cape Town told residents on Wednesday they would need to cut their daily water consumption by almost half from next month as authorities scramble to prevent the city running out of water as soon as in April. … From Feb. 1, the target for water consumption per person would be lowered to 50 liters (13 gallons) from 87 liters a day, and the collective consumption target to 450 million liters from 500 million liters a day, Mayor Patricia de Lille said…” (Roelf, 1/18).

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