Cape Town's Day Zero Moved Back to July 9

Drought-stricken Cape Town's Day Zero moves to July
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22 February, 2018

Previously, the agricultural sector - which uses the same supply system the city draws its water from - had used up its allocation, resulting in a drop over the coming weeks.

A week ago, the date was set for 4 June.

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The city officials anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again, once the Groenland transfer has been completed, unless they are able to meet the 450 MLD collective water usage target, Neilson said.

Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5%, setting us now 139 days away. He did not specify when that would take place.

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Last week, consumption was recorded at 523 million litres per day, compared to 526 million the week before.

It had been April 12 as of last month, but water conservation by the residents has slowed the decline of key reservoirs, Alderman Ian Neilson, the city's executive deputy mayor, wrote in a statement titled "Defeating Day Zero is in sight if we sustain our water-saving efforts". "We can not afford to slow down when the estimated "Day Zero" date moves out, simply because we can not accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come".

A Cape Town resident fills up a 5 litre bottle as Capetonians prepare for Day Zero, the day the taps run dry. A five-minute shower uses around 45 litres.

Officials have also recommended that people collect and reuse their bathing water for their toilets, limit showers to two minutes, and wash their hands with hand sanitiser instead of water.

South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted southern and western regions, including Cape Town, which means the government could spend more money and resources to deal with the crisis.


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