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How Cape Town Cracked its Water Crisis, and Other Tales of Hope

Late last year, as the South African government faced the prospect of its largest city running out of water, they took an unprecedented gamble. The government announced “day zero” – a moment when dam levels would be so low that they would turn off the taps in Cape Town and send people to communal water collection points. This apocalyptic notion prompted water stockpiling and panic, caused a drop in tourism bookings, and raised the spectre of civil unrest. It also worked.

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