Cape Town drought: For the first time in a long time, I’m optimistic

Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis
Photos: Cape Town’s water crisis

 

(CNN)Driving through a middle-class suburb of Cape Town a few days ago, I noticed about 20 people lined up in an orderly queue on the sidewalk. As I got closer, I saw that everyone was carrying plastic containers, and some even had garbage bins.

The reason soon became obvious: A stream of water from a broken water main was gushing down the gutter and into a storm drain. And, as word spread through the neighborhood, people rushed to collect the precious water to use in their homes.
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