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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Nov 28 2019
Cape Town, South Africa, dam levels have dropped by 0.6% and are currently at an overall storage capacity of 83.1%, while the city’s water…
Oct 31 2019
To combat the global water crisis, a sponge-like nanomaterial, designed to be used in existing dehumidifiers, is being used to help heating,…
Oct 30 2019
In an effort to alleviate water scarcity, wood-to-energy deployed water (WEDEW) is being used to convert agricultural waste into water and biochar,…
Oct 22 2019
On October 23, 2019, Imagine a Day Without Water, SWS Managing Editor Lauren Del Ciello reflects on the value of water and calls on the water…
Aug 5 2019
U.S. EPA senior administration officials announced Priority Actions Supporting Long-Term Drought Resilience, a document outlining ways federal…
Jul 1 2019
In 1962, Rachel Carson published her seminal environmental work “Silent Spring” with the dedication, “To Albert Schweitzer, who said ‘Man has lost…
Jun 26 2019
India’s sixth-largest city, Chennai, is almost out of water. According to NPR, residents are waiting in lines that span city blocks, and restaurants…
Water & Wastes Digest, Storm Water Solutions, Water Quality Products Earn Top Award for the “Delaying Day Zero” feature; National Azbee is 3rd Major Award in 2019 for SGC Water Group
Water & Wastes Digest, Storm Water Solutions, Water Quality Products Earn Top Award for the “Delaying Day Zero” feature.
May 28 2019
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has announced its 2019 National Awards of Excellence Winners. The Water Group of…
Wet weather leads to increased water supply in Phoenix
Wet weather leads to increased water supply in Phoenix
Feb 27 2019
The wet winter’s snow and rain accumulation has provided a much-needed boost to Phoenix’s water supply. According to the Salt River Project (SRP),…
Feb 25 2019
In 2014, the city of São Paulo faced a water crisis during which reservoirs held only 5% of their capacity, a situation echoed in last year’s Cape…
Michigan township bans well water at new developments
Michigan township bans well water at new developments
Feb 25 2019
Allendale Township, Mich., voted to require new developments to connect to municipal water lines instead of using well water. The new rule is in…
Cape Town proposes new plan to combat Day Zero and future drought
Cape Town proposes new plan to combat Day Zero and future drought
Feb 15 2019
The city of Cape Town, South Africa, has proposed a new strategy to increase their water resiliency and avoid possible drought. The plan currently is…
Arizona joins Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
Arizona joins Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
Feb 1 2019
On Jan. 31, Arizona agreed to join six other states and Mexico in the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. The decision was announced the day of…
New study finds groundwater reserves are dwindling in the face of climate change
New study finds groundwater reserves are dwindling in the face of climate change
Jan 23 2019
A new study by a team of international researchers and published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that only half of all groundwater…
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…
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