In 2018 Cape Town’s water crisis meant the city was just 90 days away from turning off the taps. A year on, the South African city’s parched dams are now over 80% full. So how did Cape Town’s residents became water-wise?

The City of Cape Town worked to get residents and businesses on board with a host of water saving initiatives and increasingly strict water restrictions, which as well as limiting the volumes allowed, also restricted what the water was used for.

By changing a city’s habits, along with the welcome return of some rain, Cape Town managed to avert the worst of the water scarcity crisis. However, the risk of future shortages remain. South Africa is one of the world’s driest countries and demand for water continues to climb.

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