Cape Town’s water crisis is already posing a risk to public health

People queue to collect water from a natural spring in Cape Town. (AP Photo/Anwa Essop) The water crisis hitting Cape Town is increasing the danger of diseases that surge when people do not wash their hands. The four million residents of South Africa’s second-largest city are being urged to get by on 50 liters (13 gallons) of water per person per day. That leaves roughly 2 liters (0.5 gallons) a day for washing hands and brushing teeth, or roughly one-eighth the amount of water than most people consume each time they wash their hands and face….

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