What can other cities learn about water shortages from ‘Day Zero’?

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Water scarcity crises are most often a result of mismanagement rather than of absolute declines in physical water supplies. Countries must enhance demand management and buffers, such as temporary agricultural transfers and the installation of grey-water systems and boreholes, to avoid the same drought experienced by Cape Town.

PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

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