Day Zero is the looming date when the water will be shut off in Cape Town, South Africa. The major coastal city is going through one of the worst droughts in its history (learn more). The water levels in the public reservoirs are at the point where city officials have no choice but turn off its water taps. Residents and businesses are making plans to live in a waterless city. cape town day zero

Cape Town Day Zero

The date of Day Zero has changed several times, from April to May; it has now been pushed back to June. This has been attributed to farms reducing irrigation and residents cutting their water usage. Also, the rainy season, which usually begins in the spring, could also bring relief to the city. One season of rain, however, will not be enough.

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Guillermo Guzman (left), President of H2O International USA and Tony Marchesini (right), President of H2O International South Africa.

Taking Action

WWIF sponsors H2O International USA and H2O International South Africa are partnering with their franchisees across southern Africa to provide relief for when the water runs out. Five-liter bottles will be filled in surrounding cities and brought into the most critical areas of Cape Town.

“Our network of franchises gives us an opportunity to coordinate a real relief effort for this city,” said Tony Marchesini, President of H2O International South Africa. “The people of Cape Town were very helpful and generous last year during the fires in Knysna. But now they’re the ones who need help and we’re in a position to do something about it.”

Each five-liter bottle of water will cost about 10 rand; one US dollar is equivalent to 12 rand. Therefore, a donation of $10 will provide 12 five-liter bottles and a donation of $100 will provide 120 bottles. Your donations make a difference. Provide water for the city of Cape Town by donating here:

Cape Town Day Zero Relief Effort

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