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Cape Town's 'Day Zero' Looms as Dam Levels Drop

After three years of unprecedented drought , the South African metropolis of Cape Town is at risk of becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water . Dam levels fell to 26 percent capacity on Wednesday , compared to 26.3 percent on Monday and 26.6 percent last week. Once the dams reach 13.5 percent, the municipal water supply shuts off for all but essential services, such as hospitals and key commercial areas. Persistent warnings of "Day Zero"—when the taps run dry—have forced a new individual water limit of 50 liters a day starting in February. That target could be difficult to fulfill, as only 55 percent of Cape Town's four million residents could meet the previous and much higher limit of 87 liters per day. The water crisis has raised tensions and sparked a fight this week that resulted in an arrest at the Newland spring, southeast of the city center. "A...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/cape-town-water-crisis-day-zero-...

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