From 2015-2018 Cape Town experienced its worst drought in record-keeping history. It was a frenzied time for residents and city managers alike, as people scrambled to use less, save more, and plan for ‘Day Zero’ - the day when the taps would run dry.
This week saw the launch of a new book by science writer Leonie Joubert and geographer and climate adaptation specialist Gina Ziervogel called Day zero: one city's lessons from a record breaking drought. The book is the culmination of 18 months of interviews and investigations. It focuses on the city level, rather than the local level of citizens’ experience. In the book, the varied perspectives and experiences of local government actors, politicians and researchers during the worst drought in Cape Town's recorded history are explored.
The stories documented will not only help to ensure that Cape Town can better prepare itself for future droughts, but that other cities around the world can learn from this experience.
Day Zero: one city’s response to a record-breaking drought (2019 book)