The realization of water is prevalent in Capetown, South Africa. What happens when a city with 4 million people run out of water? With such little water supply left, residents are ordered to only use 13.2 gallons of water a day. Once "Day Zero occurs, when there is officially no more water, residents will have to line up and collect only 6.6 gallons of water from a handful of collection points.
Residents have described the intense conservation methods unhygienic but necessary. Residents have moved from washing dishes to using and reusing plastic plates. Showering for longer than 5 minutes will max out your water usage for the day. So residents have cut their shower time down to one minute and use a bucket to collect any water that runs off of them. That water is then used as toilet water.
Economically, agricultural production has almost halted to slow down and push back the inevitable Day Zero. Pools are empty, gardens are dying, and people are realizing how much they took water for granted.
With residents following these stringent conservation methods, they have been able to push back Day Zero from April to July. Once day Zero hits, even tighter water conservation methods are necessary as residents move from 13.2 gallons to 6.6 gallons. Let this be a lesson to everyone.
Can you live off 13.2 gallons of water a day? https://www.watercalculator.org/ Take this quiz for simple results. On average, showering uses 2.1 gallons every minute while flushing the toilet uses about 3 gallons every flush. A dishwasher uses about 6 gallons every cycle. As you can see, we are about to peak above our 13.2 gallons a day.