In Cape Town, South Africa, they’re calling it “Day Zero” — the day when the taps run dry.
City officials had recently said that day would come on April 22. They have since moved up the date to April 12.
Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and a top international tourist draw. Now, residents play a new and delicate game of water math each day.
They’re recycling bath water to help flush toilets. They’re being told to limit showers to 90 seconds. And hand sanitizer, once somewhat of an afterthought, is now a big seller.
The genesis of the crisis
So how did this happen? How does a major city in the developed world just run dry?
It’s been a slow-motion crisis, exacerbated by three factors:
The worst drought in more than a century, which has pushed Cape Town’s water scarcity into a potentially deadly horizon
The metro area’s population, which is 4 million and growing quickly.
A rapidly changing climate.
Worries about drinking water
Verbist and some other residents said that while they use tap water for household needs, they are reluctant to drink it.
“They claim it is fine to drink, but the kids were having tummy issues,” she said.
So now, she and her family trek to the Newlands Spring to get their allotted liters of water twice a month. They tried to replenish their drinking water reserves Monday, but the line was too long. They went back the next day.
Lincoln Mzwakali said his tap water “tastes funny” as well, so he relies on the same spring.
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