Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday. Cape Town will become the first major city in recent history to run out water.
The Theewaterskloof Dam, a key source of water supply to Cape Town, South Africa, is shown at low levels in this April 16, 2017 file photo. The city announced new water restrictions on Jan. 18, 2018 to combat the drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21. Mayor Patricia de Lille said 60 percent of residents are "callously" using more than the current limit and that the city will fine households that use too much water.
Cape Town City Mayor Patricia de Lille talks to media at a site where the city council has ordered drilling into the aquifer to tap water, in Mitchells Plain, about 25km from the city centre on Jan. 11, 2018. De Lille is currently fighting for political survival, as her own party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is investigating her of charges of corruption.
Cape Town residents wait in line to collect drinking water, Friday. "Day Zero" comes when the dam levels reach 13.5 percent and most taps will be turned off. Currently dam levels are at 28.7 percent.
The City of Cape Town is currently in the midst of a severe water crisis.
Cape Town will become the first major city in recent history to run out water.
his file photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20% of it's water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town.
As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents were warned by the mayor on Jan. 16, 2018 that they face losing piped water to their homes by April 21. If rains do not materialie and drastic consumption reductions are not achieved, the city's people face the prospect of queueing at standpipes for daily 25 litre water rations.
Day Zero comes when the dam levels reach 13.5 percent and most taps will be turned off. Residents will be rationed to 25L of water daily.
A Cape Town resident packs into her vehicle drinking drinking water collected from a mountain spring collection point.
Residents of queue to collet drinking water Friday, in Cape Town, South Africa.