Cape Town, South Africa is on the verge of becoming the first major city in the world to literally run out of water. It's called 'Day Zero' and it's now expected to hit the city of about 3.7 million people on April 12 (or even sooner).
About 99 per cent of the Cape Town's drinking water comes from six dam reservoirs that were 90 per cent full four years ago but that have been dropping for a variety of stated reasons including a three-year long drought, rain at about one-third of normal levels, climate change, and a growing metropolitan population.
ITV reports, "Levels of usable water in the dams surrounding Cape Town have been dropping by 1.4 per cent a day, and currently stand at around 17.2 per cent."
Bloomberg notes, "While the city has told residents to use no more than 87 liters of water a day each, less than half of households [about 40 per cent] have complied. The daily allocation will be cut to 50 liters on February 1, and hefty surcharges will be introduced for those who exceed their quotas."