This City of Cape Town this week revealed that there are three phrases to avoid acute water shortages.
The City's critical water shortages disaster plan has met with some criticism for its apparent lack of detail.
The City's Xanthea Limberg explained what each phase would entail, adding that officials want to avoid worst case scenarios at all costs.
She says it is difficult to say how close the City is from Phase 2 and adds that officials will communicate with residents when necessary.
The City is currently in Phase 1 which involves water rationing through extreme pressure reduction in the reticulation system, Limberg advises.
This may also lead to temporary periods of water supply cut-offs and residents are urged to keep a minimum of 5 litres of potable water for storage purposes.
Phase 2 is the disaster stage and will see water supplies cut off for extended periods of time, with central collection points monitored by security agencies.
Phase 3 is the extreme disaster phase, where the City would be incapable of drawing water from its surface dams.
Also read: Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan
We are attempting to manage the drought as effectively as possible and putting sufficient amount resources and capacity to ensure that we avoid any 'Day 0'.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
We are prepared for any eventuality - even a potential 'Day 0', which we do not want to get to.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
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Take a listen to the City official explain the three phases and how they would work: