50 liters is just enough, but that could be soon cut in half

After “Day Zero,” Cape Town plans to open 200 water-collection points to serve the city of 4 million, and restrict use to 25 liters per day per person, half the current restriction. The water points will be guarded by national police and military.

Water-security state

The city said it would deploy 24-hour security forces to a natural spring in a residential neighborhood starting on Thursday, after a physical fight broke out there. Cape Town residents have been flocking to the spring in the Newlands neighborhood as a means to supplement their water supply without going over the tap water limits. Natural springs are not part of the municipal water system and therefore not subject to restrictions.

Another popular natural spring is already patrolled by private security guards, according to the Associated Press.

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