Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], May 30 ( ANI ): Far away from the dreadful water crisis in the South African capital of Cape Town that somehow with the help of a strict water-saving regime managed to push back the 'Day Zero
', has now found a counterpart in India's Shimla.
"I don't think we'll see Day Zero
this year but we're going to have to continue to save in order to avoid it.
Lessons should be learned from Cape Town, which is reeling from severe drought and water scarcity and is close to Day Zero
an apocalyptic scenario when water in the six-dam reservoir system falls to 13.5 per cent capacity, leading to the closure of valves which will stop water to a million households.
Naturally, the city authorities in Cape Town are working hard now to prolong their water supplies, trying to push back for as long as possible what is being called 'Day Zero
' in their local media.
Cape Town might have dodged Day Zero
, but a new hyper-consciousness of water use looks set to be the new normal -- and not just for the drought-hit African city.The water crisis is clear before you're even out of Cape Town International Airport.
For the past weeks, many have been anxiously tracking the approach of Cape Town's Day Zero
: the day its taps will run dry.
"Bengaluru is one of the 10 metropolitan cities in the world that are quickly moving towards 'Day Zero
' (when the cities will completely run out of water)," said a CSE statement quoting a study by its Down To Earth magazine.
By GLEN TYLERWhether Cape Town actually faces day zero
or is saved by rain, the South African city's water crisis has created enough of a stir to make the world realise just how bad the global situation is.And with the biggest water-related event the World Water Forum due in Brazil from March 18-23, it is imperative to acknowledge first what has brought us to the brink of this slowly unfolding global disaster.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Cape Town has pushed back "Day Zero
" -- the date when it might have to turn off most taps because of a long drought -- by nearly a month to May 11.
The authorities are referring to the dystopian sounding Day Zero
(probably the first week of April this year), when the city's tap will run dry.
Tony McDowell, of Encription Ltd which advises the Government's online security unit at GCHQ, said: "This is what's known as 'Day Zero