Major world city nearly out of water

The dire water shortage facing Cape Town is a warning to cities all over the world. Residents there are all-consumed with the threat of “Day Zero,” an apocalyptic term for the city’s water crisis. On April 12, the city of four million residents may have to shut off its taps due to drought and dangerously low reservoir water levels. Kolade Arogundade, a Cape Town resident, told Salon’s Alyona Minkovski on “Salon Now” that there is a sense of “Armageddon around Day Zero and the lack of water.”

Arogundade describes how the crisis is affecting his daily life. Rations on water usage mean that people are forgoing showers and instead using buckets to bathe. Watering lawns, washing cars and using swimming pools is prohibited.

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