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Cape Town Residents Will Soon Be Limited To 50 Liters of Water A Day

When the city runs out of water, wealthy Capetonians will learn to live the way a lot of black people live everyday.

Starting from the beginning of February, Capetonians will be restricted to 50 liters of water per day. This is an attempt to save water in Cape Town, which could be the first major city in the world to run out of water.


According to the city's mayor Patricia De Lille, the Mother City runs a risk of reaching the dreaded #DayZero on 21 April.

"We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them," De Lille said at a press conference. A majority of Cape Town residents aren't making enough effort to save water.

"Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 liters per day," the mayor said.

A lot of wealthy Capetonians (especially from the affluent suburbs of the city) are complaining about these restrictions. There will be communal water collection areas when #DayZero finally arrives.

A majority of black South Africans, who live in townships and rural areas, have lived under those conditions their whole lives–using communal taps, dry toilets and bathing in basins.

This is a serious crisis, but and is affecting everyone, but rich people, tuck it in, your privilege is showing!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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