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Cape Town's Water Crisis
May 14, 2018
by Mikhael Subotzky
If Cape Town, South Africa, continues to consume water at the current pace without relief, this city of four million inhabitants will run out in a few months. This would be the first for a major, modern city. The crisis, which began during the Summer of 2017, can be blamed on poor planning, a drought, outdated infrastructure, and climate change.
To stave off disaster, on February 1st the city government limited daily water consumption to thirteen gallons of water per person. This is barely enough to allow residents to drink, bathe, and use the toilet once. Fearing for the worst, Capetonians have begun stocking up on bottled water, relying on natural springs, and exploring alternative methods for human waste disposal.

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