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Day Zero: Cape Town taps to run dry on April 22

It looks like the apocalypse is on our door knocking and we still prefer to have blind-eye towards the rising situation to the same. Something same will soon be going to happen in the Cape Town city of South Africa.

Terming it “Day Zero” in Cape Town, the date when taps are expected to run dry in the South African City.

That day is now April 12, nine days earlier than previously expected announced the date, Aprill 22, which require immediate desperate measures to conserve water are having little effect.

The taps will run dry when the reservoirs serving Cape Town drop below the minimum levels needed to provide water safety.

The water crisis in the lush green city of South Africa is the result of the three-years of drought, and if Day Zero arrives, Cape Town would be the first metropolis in the world to run out of water.

The level of Thewaterskloof Dam, once Cape Town’s biggest provider of water, is currently estimated at less than 10 percent. The area is currently an arid piece of land, with hardly any water in sight.

Once the water supply cuts-off, the city will in shambles as fire-engines would be unable to extract water from fire hydrants, and residents won’t be able to flush their toilets.

The city administration is preparing themselves for the situation and is setting-up for a daily ration of 25 litres.

The city administration has issued a direction for the people requesting them to store water at home. The statement reads, Make sure you’ve got an emergency store of drinking water at home. Have at least 10 litres of bottled drinking water per person in your household.”

To starve-off the crisis, the city administration will be reducing the daily allowance for the public from 87 litres to 50 litres.

Water-saving posters have been put up in every corner of the city and tips urging people to conserve supplies are abound on social media.

The government has also implemented a controversial online water consumption map, which allows residents to check up on their neighbours’ water habits based on households’ municipal bills.

This is the dry season in South Africa, so despite the conservation efforts, the heavy, persistent rain needed to alleviate the drought is unlikely.

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