Cape Town Is Bracing for “Day Zero”– the Day It Cuts Off Running Water for 4 Million People

February 9, 2018

(Vox) – But 2015 also marked the beginning of a devastating three-year drought unlike anything the city had seen in more than a century. The drought exposed a key problem in the city’s water supply: its near-total reliance on rainwater. Unlike many other cities, which can draw their water supplies from various sources like underground aquifers or through desalination plants, Cape Town gets more than 99 percent of its water supply from dams that rely on rain.

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