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Capetonians stave off Day Zero

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has announced that Cape Town may yet avoid Day Zero in 2018.

The latest projections by the City of Cape Town are that taps could run dry on 27 August 2018, but only in the unlikely event of no rain.

The City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg says the latest announcement is due to the fact that water usage has dropped significantly, down to 520 million litres per day.

Read: Deputy mayor: Level 6B water restrictions will remain in place until winter

This is massive progress from where we were five weeks ago.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

We are also experiencing more cooler weather and evaporation levels are slower than expected.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

In addition to that, agriculture has been cut off from the supplies because they received their full allocation for the year.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

All of those things collectively have pushed out Day Zero to the point where we don't believe we will undergo or experience that scenario.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

To hear the rest of the conversation about Day Zero with Xanthea Limberg, listen below:


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