Day Zero

Water crisis in South Africa

This ephemeral poster is raising public awareness of the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. A drought in the Western Cape province began in 2015 and is resulting in a severe water shortage in the region. Despite water-saving efforts, dam levels are declining to critically low levels, and the city authority made plans for “Day Zero” when the municipal water supply will be shut off.

Initially, April 22, 2018 was named Day Zero. Due to reduced agricultural and residential usage, the date was moved to May 11, June 4, and then July 9. In 2018, the city began easing water restrictions and the worst of the crisis ended.

  • Ephemeral poster
  • 2018
  • Laser-cut foam sheet and water
  • 11 x 17 inches
  • Various locations