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Residents line up to fill their containers with water at a public fountain in the Newlands neighbourhood. In early 2018, when the city announced plans for 'Day Zero', when the municipal water supply would largely be shut off, potentially making Cape Town the first major city in world to run out of water. However, strict rationing staved off 'Zero Day' until the winter 2018 rainy season ended a three year drought and replenished the city's main reservoir sufficiently to enable the city authorities to ease the water ration.