US News The world’s first major city to run out of water may have just over three months left

21:50  11 january  2018
21:50  11 january  2018 Source:   Quartz

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It’ s the height of summer in Cape Town, and the southwesternmost region of South Africa is gripped by a catastrophic water shortage. Unless the city adopts widespread rationing, the government says, the taps “will be turned off” on April 22, 2018, because there will be no more water to deliver.

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a rocky mountain with trees in the background © Provided by Quartz It’s the height of summer in Cape Town, and the southwesternmost region of South Africa is gripped by a catastrophic water shortage. Unless the city adopts widespread rationing, the government says, the taps “will be turned off” on April 22, 2018, because there will be no more water to deliver.

This would make Cape Town the first major city in the world to run out of water, according to Anthony Turton, a professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa, who spoke to the New York Times. “It’s not an impending crisis—we’re deep, deep, deep in crisis.” The shortage is the result of a multi-year drought.

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a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Quartz The city is asking residents to restrict their water use to 87 liters per person per day. That’s roughly the equivalent of a four-minute shower using a regular shower head, or an eight-minute shower using a low-flow shower head.

Cape Town’s water system isn’t built to withstand a multi-year drought (nor are any city’s water system), which are expected to occur “perhaps as rarely as once in a millennium,” according to a group of professors from the University of Cape Town.

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In some cases, the images (mostly from NASA, unless otherwise noted) were taken as far as 50 years apart; in other cases, they were snapped with just 10-15 years in between.

" src="/upload/images/real/2018/01/11/p-april-22-is-earth-day-a-world-holiday-celebrating-our-planet-the-only-home-weve-got-so-far-p-p-hum_399402_.png" /> 20 images that show how much we've reshaped planet Earth in the past 70 years This particular drought won’t last forever. But according to climate models, it is likely part of a trend for the Western Cape of South Africa, where climate change is expected to bring lower chances of wet years and higher chances of dry years as the century progresses, according to Piotr Wolski, a hydrologist with the Climate Systems Analysis Group. Water rationing may soon become the norm for the city of 4 million.

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Herman has studied the World Water Development Report by the UN very closely; listing how the eight major cities of But all that rainfall is condensed into just four months out of the year, and therefore capturing and storing so much water in such a short period, in Unless the run off is from GMO crops.

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