Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town Ian Nielsen says he is hoping that during the course of next week all the information regarding the preparations and plans for Day Zero will be released to the public.
We are currently doing a full review of preparations for Day Zero and I am hoping that in the course of next week we will have adequate information to provide the public.— Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town
Nielsen says although the word Day Zero is being publicly used, the taps won't be switched off all at once, but it will be done in phases across the city.
He says at the moment they are working on installing and testing the collection point where residents will be collecting their 25 litres of water a day.
This is why this is being phased in so that the implementation can give an opportunity to correct any difficulties that might arise.— Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town
Nielsen says they are lowering the water pressure to 1mm, rather than introducing water shedding, so that people can have water at some point during the day.
The reason why we are taking this approach rather than water shedding approach is that we believe this is efficient, and secondly, it has less impact on the infrastructure's possibilities of breaks.— Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town
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