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#WorldWaterDay: How water shortage in Cape Town is affecting residents in informal settlements

by: Onele Liwani - 22 March 2017

Dam levels in Cape Town have been desperately low over the past few months with the city enacting water restrictions and fines for people found to be wasting water.
For #WorldWaterDay I wanted to see how the water shortages are affecting the most vulnerable people in the city, the poor. I visited two areas, Marikana (an informal settlement in Philippi) and Lower Crossroads (a township) to see how people are getting on. Some residents in Lower Crossroads say the city must also take responsibility for the situation because they don’t fix burst pipes in the area, even after reporting them several times.

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A communal tap left running because it is broken and the people are unable to close it.

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Young man washes his weekly laundry in a small bucket of water outside his home.

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Young woman is heading back home carrying a bucket of water on her head.

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Man waits in line to get water from the communal tap a few blocks aways from his home.

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Man washes his car using a bucket of water.

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A leaking water meter stays unfixed and residents walk partly flooded roads.

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A leaking water meter, that the City of Cape Town has neglected to fix, floods the streets of Lower Crossroads.

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Man drinks water from a communal tap away from his home in Marikana.

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At least 10 households have to share a tap that are quite a walk away from their houses.

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Photography by Onele Liwani

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