#WaterWatch

'New Day Zero projection doesn't factor water supply from Palmiet-Kogelberg dam'

Cape Town's Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says Day Zero has been pushed back partly due to the slowing decline of dam levels.

The City of Cape Town last week announced that Day Zero would be moved to 4 June.

Neilson says the latest Day Zero projection has not taken into account all the water from the Palmiet-Kogelberg dam near Grabouw, which will feed into the Cape's municipal supply.

The City has secured 67 million litres a day, for 60 days from the Palmiet-Kogelberg dam.

Read: City must dispense with Day Zero until after winter rainfall, says climate guru

There are concerns that announcing the changed Day Zero projections will cause residents to slack off on water-saving efforts.

Neilson says that punitive water tariffs, the pressure reduction programme and other measures will help keep consumption down.

He says city officials have decided not to drop the phrase 'Day Zero' for now.

Also read: City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June

This phrase has been so entrenched in public discourse that we need to keep it for the moment.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

The slowing of the drop of the dam means that the projection pushes further out into the future.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

That is the concern, that people will relax.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

Effort to avoid Day Zero can only be achieved by keeping consumption down.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

Neilson explains the factors which have been taken into consideration to determine the Day Zero projection.

Take a listen to the deputy mayor:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[READ] City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June

[READ] City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June

Read Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson's statement crediting Capetonians water saving and generous farmers with the date push back.

[ALERT] Day Zero pushed back to 4 June

[ALERT] Day Zero pushed back to 4 June

Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson credits the reduction in water consumption for the push back.

Capetonians water use dropped below 500 million litres a day over weekend!

Capetonians water use dropped below 500 million litres a day over weekend!

The City of Cape Town says it is delighted to see that Capetonians are adhering to water restrictions and lowering consumption.

City must dispense with Day Zero until after winter rainfall, says climate guru

City must dispense with Day Zero until after winter rainfall, says climate guru

Dr Peter Johnston says officials must keep encouraging water saving in CT, but should dispense with the idea of Day Zero for now.

Nifty 'Hippo Roller' barrel may help CT residents collect and carry heavy water

Nifty 'Hippo Roller' barrel may help CT residents collect and carry heavy water

An invention, known as the Hippo Roller, could be the solution to carrying heavy containers of water, should Day Zero arrive.

Herzlia High to host water summit for Cape's drought

Herzlia High to host water summit for Cape's drought

The initiative. driven by learners, will feature a number of experts and other schools to inform and brainstorm ideas.

#CTWaterCrisis: Here are a few alternatives to flushing

#CTWaterCrisis: Here are a few alternatives to flushing

WWF Freshwater Programmes manager Christine Colvin suggests ways to flush the toilet and the difficulties of using sea water.

Popular articles
Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Dr Eve advises that many modern couples need marriage to be a safe space for self-expression and self-actualisation.

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

Frustrated tenants say they're being discriminated against by landlords.

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

AfriForum not backing down over decision to privately prosecute Julius Malema.

Ed Dept scraps supplementary exams for matriculants

Ed Dept scraps supplementary exams for matriculants

The Department of Basic Education has announced it will do away with matric supplementary exams from 2019.

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Climate expert, Piotr Wolski, says the city will know towards the end of May whether 2018 is a good or bad year.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean has agreed to pay for customers medical bills after a month of being in pain and pestering the chain to pay the bill.