South Africa’s Cape Town Faces Worst Drought in A Century, Could Run Out of Water By April
Day Zero - the day when taps will run dry - is being predicted as April 22 in Cape Town which is facing its worst drought in a century.
| Published: January 18, 2018 8:07 AM IST
Published: January 18, 2018 8:07 AM IST | Updated: January 18, 2018 8:07 AM IST
Cape Town is famous as one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions. Its breathtaking coastal views and majestic mountains attract tourists all year round. However, the city is facing its worst water crisis in a century. Cape Town is on the verge of running out of water on account of the worst drought it has seen in a century. As unbelievable as it may sound, if this situation continues, Cape Town’s taps will run dry by April 22. This day is being touted as “Day Zero” and locals and authorities are dreading it as one might expect. ALSO SEE Virat Kohli’s Romantic Selfie with Anushka Sharma from Cape Town is Honeymoon Goals!
“At the current rate the city is likely to reach Day Zero on 22 April,” said councilor Xanthea Limberg, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for water. According to officials, dam levels dipped below 30 percent in the first week of 2018, with only about 19.7 percent of that water considered usable. When dams reach 13.5 percent, it will mean that people will have to queue up for water. Under such circumstances, 25 litres per water will be provided per person to people who would need to queue up between metal fences with their water containers.
Right now, everyone from people in the hospitality industry to swimming pool authorities to regular locals are taking all the steps possible to avoid Day Zero. Such a water crisis will certainly affect tourism in Cape Town which is a major source of its revenue. Close to 2 million tourists visit Cape Town every year. Around 9 percent of South Africa’s economic output came from travel and tourism last year. This will take a serious hit if Cape town, probably South Africa’s most popular tourist attraction, faces such an acute water crisis.