Leader of Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane says there is no need for Capetonians to start panicking about the water shortages for now, all they need to do is to continue saving the little supply they have.
He says the City has a plan to augment supply as soon as possible by tapping into the aquifers and later the desalination plants.
The plan is that we reduce demand over a period of time.— Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the DA
We have put a number of desalination plants which will come on line and we are going for the underground aquifers.— Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the DA
I am asking the people of Cape Town, if anyone is seeking the silver bullet, that is reduction in the immediate short term. I really believe we can defeat Day Zero.— Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the DA
Maimane says he believes if demand could be reduced to 500 million litres a day, Day Zero can be defeated, and that's what they are currently working on.
Spokesperson for National Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau says the department is not working on the fact that the taps will run dry.
Ratau was responding to a recent comment by Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane asking: "Who said that the taps are going to run dry?"
Day Zero is not a concept that we are working upon. We are working on the system and planing that the system does not fail.— Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation
The plan on desalination has been put on ice becasue the City of Cape Town has said to us let us look at the issue of optimising ground water and we agreed.— Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation
But we have to do that cautiously because that ground water also depends on the rainfall to recharge so it is very critical that we do not drill boreholes willy nilly....— Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation
To hear more of this interviews with Mmusi Maimane as well as Sputnik Ratau, listen below: