Towing An Iceberg: One Captain’s Plan To Bring Drinking Water To 4 Million People • Discoverology

Towing An Iceberg: One Captain’s Plan To Bring Drinking Water To 4 Million People

After three years of severe drought, Cape Town was at risk of becoming one of the first cities in the world to run out of municipal water. Nicholas Sloane has a fix for a country struggling with its supply.

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