Day Zero

In early 2018, Cape Town announced Day Zero, a date when its reservoirs would run so dry that it would cut off municipal water to its residents. While that date has been delayed, water scarcity is still a global issue, and conservation, desalination, and water reuse efforts are critical to staving off future Day Zeros.

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Tourists trigger drinking water crisis on famous Phi Phi Islands
Tourists trigger drinking water crisis on famous Phi Phi Islands
Dec 5 2018
Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands have appealed to the central Thai government to help manage a shortage of clean drinking water across the popular tourist…
Drinking water system mimics clouds to draw water from air
Drinking water system mimics clouds to draw water from air
Oct 23 2018
A new device, designed by the Skysource/Skywater Alliance team, won the $1.5 million Water Abundance XPrize. The device rests inside a shipping…
States reach agreement on drought contingency plan
States reach agreement on drought contingency plan
Oct 18 2018
Seven states in the U.S. Southwest have come to a tentative agreement on a Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to protect the Colorado River.…
Water conservation measures underway in Lahore, Pakistan
Water conservation measures underway in Lahore, Pakistan
Oct 12 2018
Due to depleting groundwater supplies, Pakistan’s second biggest city, Lahore, has begun rationing water supplies for commercial and residential…
Bottled water sales decline in Cape Town
Bottled water sales decline in Cape Town
Jul 4 2018
Cape Town, South Africa, has seen a drop in bottled water sales as Day Zero–the day the city runs out of water–has been averted and residents become…
Kenya maps groundwater levels amid drought concerns
Kenya maps groundwater levels amid drought concerns
Jul 2 2018
Scientists from the University of Nairobi, the University of Barcelona, Oxford University and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and…
World Bank approves groundwater recharge plan for parched India
World Bank approves groundwater recharge plan for parched India
Jun 12 2018
The World Bank has approved the Indian government’s plan to recharge groundwater and maintain water levels. The plan, called Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY…
Shimla, India, struggles with growing water crisis
Shimla, India, struggles with growing water crisis
Jun 4 2018
On May 20, water supplies in the mountain tourist town of Shimla, India, ran dry. For more than two weeks, the city’s 172,000 residents have been…
Talking Under Water discusses Cape Town water reuse
Talking Under Water discusses Cape Town water reuse
May 25 2018
Welcome to the first episode of Talking Under Water: One water, one podcast. In this episode, your hosts Storm Water Solutions Managing Editor Lauren…
Cape Town launches desalination plant as water reuse expands
Cape Town launches desalination plant as water reuse expands
May 24 2018
On May 21, the city of Cape Town, South Africa, announced that the temporary Strandfontein desalination plant is now operational and delivering…
Bangalore, India, faces an impending water crisis
Bangalore, India, faces an impending water crisis
May 21 2018
Bangalore, India—the city once famous for its hundreds of lakes—is under water stress. While the world is focused on Cape Town, South Africa, and its…
Apr 26 2018
The summer of 2018 was not easy on residents of Cape Town, South Africa. Summer lasts from November through February in this city, located deep in…
Mar 26 2018
In Cape Town, South Africa, the threat that seemed imminent just a few months ago may now be only a hypothetical, if Mother Nature cooperates. In a…
Mar 15 2018
The city of Cape Town has delayed the date of Day Zero—the day the city runs out of water—until Aug. 27. Because this date falls amid what is…
Mar 5 2018
The Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital of Cape Town, South Africa, has installed a water filtration plant, making the hospital the city’s first private…
Feb 2 2018
As Day Zero grows closer for Cape Town, South Africa, the drought-stricken city has been searching for alternative water sources. Plans are moving…
Jan 19 2018
After three years of droughts, Cape Town, South Africa, has set Day Zero—the day the town runs out of water—for April 21, 2018. Cape Town could…
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