Cape Town counts down to Day Zero as water supply evaporates

Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world’s first big metropolis to go dry

Cape Town Municipal authorities in South Africa’s drought-stricken Cape Town have approved a punitive tariff for high water usage, local broadcaster eNCA says.

The tourist metropole is suffering the worst drought in recorded history, according to climate researchers.

If residents don’t save enough water, Cape Town will reach “Day Zero” on April 21, and will have to turn off the taps and risking becoming the first major city in the world to run dry.

To prevent “Day Zero”, the city announced residents will be limited to 50 litres per person per day from February 1.

The new restrictions come after 60 per cent of residents in the city of 4.5 million people have continued to use more than 87 litres a day, ignoring previous restrictions, the city said in a statement.

“It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care,” the statement read. read more