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Day Zero approaching faster than anticipated for Cape Town - CoCT

21 December 2017 3:07 PM
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Cape Town water restrictions
Cape Town drought
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A week of wasteful water usage has moved Day Zero closer than initially anticipated from May to April 2018, warns the City.

The City of Cape Town has warned that Day Zero has moved three weeks closer after a week of wasteful water usage.

The City anticipates that by 29 April 2018 the taps will be completely dry.

Director of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town, Peter Flower says if high water usage continues, the date could be as early as March 18, 2018.

He says residents should use less than 87 litres per days, even way less if they could, but certainly not more than the prescribed litres.

We are hoping that all the folks who have gone away on holiday and have left their houses to be used as holiday homes have certainly made it clear that they too must save water.

Peter Flower, Director of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town

It is important that we make it clear that people should be mindful about saving water.

Peter Flower, Director of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town

The City will be implementing Level 6 water restrictions by January 1, 2018 and asks everyone to adhere to this restrictions.

Here is a summary of what Level 6 water restrictions will entail:

  • Residential units consuming more than 10 500 litres per month will be prioritised for enforcement

  • Non-residential properties to reduce consumption by 45%

  • Agricultural users to reduce consumption by 60%

  • The use of borehole water for outdoor purposes is discouraged in order to preserve groundwater resources

To know more about the water restriction visit the City's website

We really are urging all the communities in Cape Town to assist becasue we are all in this together. If we run out of water, we run out of water. We have to do everything possible to avoid what we have termed Day Zero.

Peter Flower, Director of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town

To hear more from the City regarding Day Zero and Level 6 water restrictions, listen below:


21 December 2017 3:07 PM
Tags:
Cape Town water restrictions
Cape Town drought
Day zero

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