Day Zero is Coming

Image of the Residents of Cape Town, South Africa, waiting in line to fill containers with water at a source for natural spring water on February 2, 2018. AP Photo/Bram Janssen

Imagine coming home very thirsty; water cans in the fridge are empty, so there is no cold water, you turn on the tap, but the tap is not running either. Your throat is parched, and the only water you find is water in the washing bowl by the sink.

There is water, yes, but there is no water to drink.

That would have been the case in an urban metropolis in Cape Town in 2018, well, until the authorities got to work. That incident birthed an idea termed Day Zero.

DAY ZERO is a water-saving initiative, designed to focus attention on managing water consumption as tightly as possible.


The essence of water goes beyond the walls of our imaginations., as no living organism can survive without this very famous odorless and colorless liquid called water. 

Scientists, researchers, and nature all alike have helped us see how important water is, in us, for us, and around us.

Despite how we have come to acknowledge the usefulness of water, regardless of how important we know it is, we’ve never learned how to manage one of the most abundant yet scarce natural resources.


The World is made up of 77% of water, however, only 0.3% is usable by humans 

Like any other useful human resource, water requires adequate planning, development, and management, and NO, the authorities are not the only ones responsible for these things. 

We can look at water as one of the strengths of civilization because it is a part of all life processes: Agriculture, transportation, goods processing, health purposes, recreation, and a lot more.

Water plays a huge role in our ecosystem, making it a major contributing factor to climate change. That is why we must do our best to protect water, for one simple reason, it is the most common climate resource every one of us can control

The earth is all we have or, do you have another?


 Looking closely at the Capetown situation, we see how much effect water shortage will cause on Industries, businesses, cost of goods, and generally on human well-being.

With continuous reduced access to portable water, we are left to ponder, How are we running out of water, and what do we do now?

Residents queue to fill containers with spring water in Cape Town Source AP Photo/Bram Janssen

You never want to be the one who dies of thirst.

With the increase in droughts, heatwaves, floods, and other natural disasters, as a result of climate change, water shortage is becoming an increasingly pressing challenge. I hope we get scared enough to implement some water-saving habits?


Turn off the tap well soaping

Never leave a leaking tap unfixed.

Collect rinse water for flushing the toilet.

Use the shower less often and for a shorter time.

Approaching Day Zero is a global concern attracting conservation techniques. Campaigns for reduced water consumption, drought-awareness campaigns, investment in desalination plants, tariffs on high-quantity water users, ban on the use of municipal water for non-essentials such as lawn care, swimming pools, and washing vehicles, and weekly updates on water consumption levels. In a bid to avert such a global crisis, we too must play our part.

 After all, what matters is taking action.

In exploring Mother Earth, we must leave her better, that is how we prove our humanity.

Image of Interest

Image credit : NASA

Color mosaic of Earth as viewed by NASA’s Terra satellite showing how much water there is on planet earth

Image credit USGS

A picture of earth with the amout of usable water avaliable

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