Sewage, Icebergs May Hold Answers to Cape Town Water Crisis
The doomsday scenario of Cape Town’s taps running dry has been averted this year, after its 4 million residents slashed their water consumption and supply was cut off to farmers, but the crisis confronting South Africa’s second-biggest city is far from over.
The city’s six main dams are now on average just 21 percent full, almost 2 percentage points less than they were a year ago. If winter rains disappoint and a three-year drought doesn’t break, the threat of so-called “Day Zero” -- when the water taps will run dry -- will loom large again by early 2019.
These are among the options being considered to address the water shortfall: