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Cape Town’s Water Crisis Response Needs to Protect the Rights of Millions

Expand Residents walk past a leaking communal tap in Khayelitsha township, near Cape Town, South Africa, December 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Cape Town, South Africa has been plunged into a water crisis, and in about two months – a date known as Day Zero – the city will run out of water, and supplies to most suburbs will be cut off. Rationing will begin at 200 places across the city with each person limited to 25 liters of water a day. A public debate is raging, but it’s focused on where blame lies. There is little talk on how to protect South Africans’ rights to water, sanitation, and health,…

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