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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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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