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Feb 22, 2018

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry

A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.
Cape Town might be the first big city to experience this, but it certainly won't be the last.

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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The Theewaterskloof dam, which supplies most of Cape Town's potable water is seen from above near Villiersdorp , South Africa, February 20, 2018. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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The Theewaterskloof dam, which supplies most of Cape Town's potable water is seen from above near Villiersdorp , South Africa, February 20, 2018. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Rainwater flows down off Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain, South Africa, September 9, 2017. Despite some winter rainfall dams are running dangerously low following the worst drought in a century in the region. The city has imposed severe water restrictions in an attempt to avert a major water crisis. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Fields of harvested wheat are seen near Cape Town, South Africa, February 3, 2018. After two years of drought, concerns are growing around agriculture as the city faces "Day Zero", the point at which taps will be shut down across the city as dams run dry. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Clothing hangs above a communal tap in Khayelitsha township, near Cape Town, South Africa, December 12, 2017. The city has imposed severe restrictions in an attempt to avert "Day Zero", the point at which the dams run dry or have levels too low to use for potable water. Despite some winter rainfall dams are running dangerously low following the worst drought in a century in the region. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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A man carries a bucket used to collect water from a small roadside spring in Cape Town, South Africa, February 4, 2018. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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The remains of a fish lie amongst cracked mud seen at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa, January 21, 2018. The dam, which supplies most of Cape Town's potable water, is currently dangerously low as the city faces "Day Zero", the point at which taps will be shut down across the city. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Rainwater gathers on plants in Cape Town, South Africa, August 30, 2017. Despite some winter rainfall dams are running dangerously low following the worst drought in a century in the region. The city has imposed severe water restrictions in an attempt to avert a major water crisis. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Newlands swimming pool lies empty in Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 2018. The city has closed many of its public swimming pools and has imposed severe water restrictions in an attempt to avert a major water crisis. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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The children's section of Trafalgar swimming pool lies empty in Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 2018. The city has closed many of its public swimming pools and has imposed severe water restrictions in an attempt to avert a major water crisis. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Sand blows across a normally submerged area at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa, January 20, 2018. The dam, which supplies most of Cape Town's potable water, is currently dangerously low as the city faces "Day Zero", the point at which taps will be shut down across the city. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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Vineyards are seen near Cape Town, South Africa, February 3, 2018. After two years of drought, concerns are growing around agriculture as the city faces "Day Zero", the point at which taps will be shut down across the city as dams run dry. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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A pipe used to pump water lies in the polluted Kuils river in Cape Town, South Africa, February 2, 2018. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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A plant grows between cracked mud in a normally submerged area at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa, January 21, 2018. The dam, which supplies most of Cape Town's potable water, is currently dangerously low as the city faces "Day Zero", the point at which taps will be shut down across the city. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

Cape Town dreads “Day Zero” when taps will run dry
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A dried out wicket is seen at a cricket pitch in Cape Town, South Africa, February 11, 2018. Without water, the wickets are considered dangerous to players. All club and school cricket matches has been cancelled as the city attempts to avert a major water crisis. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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