Cape Town — Businesses in Cape Town are growing increasingly concerned about the risk that chronic water shortages pose to their operations in the country’s second-biggest city and are taking steps to reduce usage and secure supply, a survey has found. Almost 80% of about 700 companies that participated in the survey conducted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry in January said they see the water crisis as a threat to their businesses, up from 51% in October, the chamber said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday. Eighty seven percent of respondents said they had more than halved their water consumption. Cape Town is in the midst of the worst drought on record after three years of poor rains and the authorities have warned the city will reach "day zero", when taps will be turned off, on April 16 unless consumption is drastically reduced. While the main business districts will be spared from water cuts to try and safeguard jobs and the regional economy, many of the city’s 4-...

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