Cape Town Cops Are Punishing People For Using Too Much Water (HBO)

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Cape Town, South Africa, just narrowly avoided being the first major city in the world to run out of water. But now residents are realizing just how precarious their water security really is — even the city's police are keeping track of it.

The fear of "Day Zero" — or when the city's dams fall below 14 percent — has sparked major conservation efforts, including city-wide water restrictions for residents and businesses. Currently, residents are limited to 13 gallons of water per day, the equivalent to a six-minute shower in the U.S.

VICE News rode along with the “water police” in two different Cape town neighborhoods to see what these enforcements looked like on the ground.

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