These Cities Are About to Run Out of Clean Drinking Water

Many of us take running water for granted, completely oblivious to the amounts we use each day for basic chores. It isn’t until the power goes out and water drips dry that we realize just how dependent we are on the stuff. However, recent events prove a water scarcity could become an unfortunate reality for many U.S. cities.

It’s happened before. Hundreds of wells ran dry in East Porterville, near Bakersfield, California, in 2014. Trucks bussed bottled water to residents forcing them to go without running water until late 2016, when a neighboring town extended its water supply system.

Water-stressed cities are everywhere. As you’ll learn below, Cape Town, South Africa residents are on borrowed time when it comes to having clean drinking water. But so are many others. Here are just a few of the most populated cities at risk of water shortages in the near future.

1. Cape Town, South Africa

table mountain overlooking cape town, south africa

Cape Town could run out of water in a matter of months. | Saul Loeb/AFP/GettyImages

In just a matter of months, Cape Town, South Africa is predicted to become the first major city to completely run out of clean water. All homes and businesses will be cut off to running water with no room to flush toilets, shower, or wash dishes. Six of the city’s main water reservoirs that were full just four years ago are now sitting below 26% capacity. Dangerously low reserves are prompting authorities to prepare Cape Town residents for Day Zero come April or May 2018. Residents are currently being held under a water ration, limited to using just 13 gallons per person, per day.

While no U.S city faces a water shortage of this magnitude, this soon, countless metropolises are at risk of water scarcity. The timeline for when that might happen here at home is a little too close for comfort, too. Taps are set to run dry all over the world, thanks to population booms, pollution disasters, and climate changes. Ahead are 14 more bustling cities at risk of water shortages both here and abroad.

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