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Aquifer water won't be ready a week from now, but it also won't take a year - expert

12 January, 05:25 PM

The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80 million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought.

The drilling, however, is just the first stage of possibly rescuing the city from "Day Zero" – when it has no more water to pump to its residents, businesses and visitors – it does not mean that the water is available immediately.

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