This City Has 4 Million People And Might Become The First In The World To Run Out Of Water

People in Cape Town, South Africa, have two and a half months to conserve as much water as they can before it all runs out on "Day Zero."

Cape Town, one of the largest cities in Africa, is running out of water.

The situation in Cape Town is the result of a three-year-long drought that has dried up the city’s dams, an event scientists say is linked to climate change.

Day Zero is when Cape Town is supposed to run out of water, but the date keeps changing.

In order to avoid Day Zero altogether, the Cape Town government has issued water restriction rules and set up collection points all over the city.

People form long lines every day at the collection points to fill their jugs with water.

It’s too soon to say whether what’s happening in Cape Town is a warning sign for other big cities dealing with drought.


JP Smith's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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