Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says water consumption in the City of Cape Town has dropped to 540 million litres a day.
She attributed that to the cut off of three irrigation boards because they have reached their quota and the other being a drop in residential usage.
She says the City still has to drop its consumption by another 100 million litres in order to avoid Day Zero.
People profoundly changed their behaviour in the last few weeks after it looked like we're heading directly into Day Zero.— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
That gave people a serious incentive to drop water usage and now it looks like we are pushing back Day Zero very nicely.— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
Because of the change in behaviour Day Zero is now pushed back to May 11 2018.
Zille also commented on the criticism surrounding the use of the phrase Day Zero.
That phrase denotes the day that we will stop to have water delivered through our taps to our homes and that we will have to queue for water.— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
The phrase does not mean there won't be any water but it will be strictly rationed.— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
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