In just under 10 weeks, Cape Town plans to turn off its water taps. Millions of residents in South Africa’s "Mother City" are preparing for the worst.
“Everybody is panicking,” said Fowzia Hendricks, 52, who travels more than 12 miles to a natural spring outside South African Breweries (SAB) in Newlands every few days to stock up on drinking water, joining the queue to fill 15- and 25-litre containers.
“We heard the city might run out of water but we didn’t think it would happen,” Mrs Hendricks said, holding her six-month-old grandson. “I think it’s very serious.”
For the past three years, this picturesque city has been in the grip of an unprecedented drought.
The historic dry spell, coupled with the city’s booming population, has left Cape Town’s dams at only about 26 per cent capacity.Cape Town Residents collect water from Spring Road, Newlands Credit: Dwayne Senior for The Telegraph
When they reach 13.5 per cent – a point the city is calling “Day Zero” predicted to hit on April 16 – the...