Day Zero

In early 2018, Cape Town announced Day Zero, a date when its reservoirs would run so dry that it would cut off municipal water to its residents. While that date has been delayed, water scarcity is still a global issue, and conservation, desalination, and water reuse efforts are critical to staving off future Day Zeros.

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Dec 6 2018
The Scottsdale Water Campus has been on the cutting edge of water reuse and advanced water treatment technologies. Operators at the plant understand…
Dec 6 2018
In the past decade, the West Coast has witnessed one of the longest and severest droughts in its history. The levels of Lake Mead and Lake Powell—…
Dec 6 2018
In Gilbert, Ariz., city officials have touted the Water Wise program for residential and commercial water users. Through the program, neighborhoods…
Dec 4 2018
Arizona DEQ talks about the strategies it has implemented to combat water scarcity, including the Pure Brew Challenge, which tasked local beer…
U.S. federal government report says climate change is leading to more droughts and increasing risk of severe floods
U.S. federal government report says climate change is leading to more droughts and increasing risk of severe floods.
Nov 28 2018
Climate change will be a problem for everyone alive today, according to the National Climate Assessment. The U.S. federal government’s latest roundup…
Nov 2 2018
Clean water is the world’s most precious resource. It is necessary for the well-being of both humans and the environment, but in recent years, it has…
Nov 2 2018
The water industry is changing due to scarcity issues and new regulations, and consequently, many commercial and industrial applications that depend…
Austin residents no longer need to boil water before drinking it
Austin residents no longer need to boil water before drinking it.
Oct 29 2018
On Oct. 25, Water & Wastes Digest reported that Austin, Texas was facing water shortages and residents were told to boil their tap water. It is…
The city of Austin prohibited all outdoor water use until further notice
The city of Austin prohibited all outdoor water use until further notice.
Oct 25 2018
In Austin, Texas, the Travis County emergency management officials told residents on Oct. 23 that they need to boil their tap water for the next…
Plan to send treated wastewater into the Concho River for potable reuse.
Plan to send treated wastewater into the Concho River for potable reuse.
Oct 5 2018
The Concho River Water Project “is a move to extend San Angelo’s sources beyond its lakes and the Hickory Aquifer,” according to a city news release…
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $21 million to fund advancements in solar-thermal desalination technologies.
Solar panels tucked under a blue sky with scattered white clouds.
Jul 2 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $21 million for new projects to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies. These 14 projects are…
Jun 4 2018
The water supply in Shimla, India, has been critically low for three years, but the city’s supply ran out entirely on May 20, 2018. The city is host…
May 25 2018
With the onset of Day Zero in Cape Town, global water concerns were brought to the forefront in the midst of a water crisis of unprecedented scale.…
Apr 10 2018
When I started planning my print coverage for Cape Town, the situation in the coastal city seemingly was dire. The reservoir was expected to fall…
Apr 10 2018
In Cape Town, South Africa, Day Zero is a moving target. What once was seen as an inevitable has been pushed later and later in the year. However,…
Apr 10 2018
I can recall, back in the early 1980s during my primary school years, being called by the headmaster of our school to attend a meeting with my fellow…
Mar 22 2018
On this World Water Day, the reality of water scarcity is starker than ever before. With the situation in Cape Town, South Africa, bringing worldwide…
Feb 13 2018
I recently have been reading a lot of science fiction, and decided to plunge into one of the most well-known and renowned sci-fi series of all time,…
Feb 5 2018
Update: As of March 7, 2018, Day Zero has been postponed to August 27, 2018. WWD will continue to update accordingly. Following many agricultural…
Jan 17 2018
Following three years of aggressive drought, Cape Town officials have again moved forward Day Zero to April 22, 2018, the day when the city’s water…
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