Cities around the world should prepare for running out of water, experts say

It’s called “Day Zero”: when Cape Town, South Africa’s bustling port city, sees its water taps run dry, and its population thrust into a perilous situation.

Originally projected for this year, the impending crisis has been delayed in part by severe measures — the city instituted restrictions that amount to less than one sixth of an average American’s water consumption. Yet despite that effort, “Day Zero” is still projected to arrive next year.

And when it comes, the crisis will see the government switching off all the taps and rationing the resource through collection points.

That future isn’t just Cape Town’s. It’s a scenario cities around the globe may face, experts say.

It may be hard to fathom just how cities could be at risk of a water scarcity crisis when approximately 70 percent of the world is made up of the resource. The stark reality, however, is that the percentage of fresh water probably only amounts to about 2.5 percent, according to often-cited assessments.

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6 Replies to “Cities around the world should prepare for running out of water, experts say

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  6. The headline should include ‘DAY ZERO PUSHED OUT TO 2019’
    Cape town has had a huge staged inflow of people and a drought.
    The Government has deliberately starved CT of funds (it is not run by the ANC) in order to make it fail.

    Nonetheless, any decent rains in the next 12 months and, guess what, the town will not run dry even in 2019.

    BREAKING NEWS!
    The sky did not fall on our heads today.

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