Cape Town could run out of water by April. What happens then?
“If you live in the South African city of Cape Town, you can’t get away from the fear of ‘Day Zero.’ Residents have been forced to think about how they will flush toilets, shower or even drink water in the days and months ahead—all coming to a climax in April when Cape Town may have to shut off its taps, becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water. The average American uses 88 gallons of water per day. Those in Cape Town, a top international tourist destination, have had theirs limited to 13.2 gallons in hopes to keep the water flowing just a little longer. The rich are digging boreholes — private wells to reach water in the aquifer. The poor are waiting in lines daily to fill up water containers. Businesses are worried they might have to close. “