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Dr. Reggie Ferriera, Director DRLA, talks to Reuters about resilience in Cape Town

Drought-hit Cape Town learns resilience lessons the hard way

BARCELONA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day, the drought-hit South African city of Cape Town takes to social media channels to exhort residents to save on water, giving practical tips such as only flushing the toilet once a day with water already used for showering or washing up.

It appears citizens are largely heeding the call to "beat Day Zero", the date reservoirs are expected to have shrunk so low authorities will have to shut off taps in the city's homes, forcing people to queue for water at 200 collection points.

This week, Day Zero was pushed back again until June 4, providing some relief to worried residents. It had previously been predicted as early as April.

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb as fears over the city's water crisis grow in Cape Town, South Africa, January 25, 2018.
REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Read the full article by Megan Rowling | Thomson Reuters Foundation