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City of Cape Town scraps water levy

In 2015 about 377 million Indians lived in urban areas and by 2030 the urban population is expected to rise to 590 million. Already according to the National Sample Survey only 47% of urban households have individual water connections and about 40% 'Day Zero': Reeling Under Drought, Cape Town to Run out of Water by April
Ellis Copeland | 21 January, 2018, 04:05

South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

City authorities in the meantime are racing to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes amid warnings the city could become the first in recent world history to run out water.

Travel and tourism accounted for an estimated 9 percent or $33 billion of South Africa's economic output a year ago, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Cape Town's central business district will be excluded from the "Day Zero" measures to reduce harm to the local economy, as will areas of informal housing that lack standard city services.

'We have a two-pronged strategy.

Xolani Sotashe, ANC leader in the city council, dropped the information when debating on the water crisis.

Limberg said the dire situation was being worsened by some people ignoring a push for residents and visitors to use no more than 87 litres of water per person per day.

The city's introduced even tougher restrictions starting in February.

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The city has been facing a three-year drought, and officials predict the city's reservoirs will be almost empty toward the end of April - what they're calling "day zero".

Numerous city's four million residents are "callously" using too much water, it said.

Mayor De Lille said the city would unveil 200 water collection points across the city next week "so that communities can begin preparing for that eventuality".

The city has, instead, made a decision to introduce punitive water tariffs to discourage reckless water usage, stating that around 60% of Capetonians have completely disregarded water restrictions thus far.

The researchers used the GRACE satellites to take precise measurements of the world's groundwater aquifers and detected subtle changes in the Earth's gravitational pull, noting where the heavier weight of water exerted a greater pull on the orbiting spacecraft.

The shortage had come about in part because of a prolonged three-year drought.

Some Capetonians are now convinced that with dam levels so low, the quality of tap water has declined - a rumour that the city has been denying for months.

Strong summer rains saw much of southern Africa recover from a drought brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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