Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?

Aerial view of Cape Town South AfricaImage copyright: GETTY IMAGES
Image caption: There’s water all around Cape Town, South Africa, but little of it is drinkable

Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Most recent projections suggest that its water could run out as early as March. The crisis has been caused by three years of very low rainfall, coupled with increasing consumption by a growing population.

The local government is racing to address the situation, with desalination plants to make sea water drinkable, groundwater collection projects, and water recycling programmes.

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