Cape Town faucets may run dry

Cape Town's Water Crisis Day Zero The Day the Taps Run Dry

Cape Town's Water Crisis Day Zero The Day the Taps Run Dry

The South African city of Cape Town - one of the world's most famous tourist destinations - could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century takes its toll, officials have warned.

If people have as much confidence in the City's water distribution post Day Zero as they do in IEC-organised elections, then growing panic leading up to Day Zero will be minimised and the Day Zero date possibly pushed out as a result. We have listened to the comments of thousands of residents asking for fairness. "Day Zero is when the City will be forced to turn off most of the taps".

The city's Mayor Patricia de Lille is fighting to keep water management among her list of responsibilities amid calls for her to resign because of her poor management of the crisis, The Cape Times reported.

Cape Town had earlier banned auto washing and filling up swimming pools as part of efforts to conserve water.

Council will also consider whether it should scrap a proposed drought levy in favour of penalty charges which will see significant increases in the bills of water guzzlers.

He accused DA of ignoring corruption, and now using the city's severe drought and water crisis as a "political football" to get rid of De Lille.

"We will be moving to level 6B restrictions with a new limit of 50 litres per person per day to make up for the many months of missing the 500-million litre per day collective consumption target", the City adds.

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The City's previous target was 87 litres per person per day, which it said only 39% of residents now adhere to.

The deep crisis has led the city to put level 6 water restrictions into place, meaning residents can not hose down paved surfaces with municipal water; wash vehicles with municipal water; use portable play pools; or use borehole water for outdoor purposes, among many other restrictions.

"Teams are working around the clock to deliver the emergency plan for desalination, groundwater and water reuse".

All other mains water supplied by the city will be cut off.

The municipality urged residents to reduce their household consumption within the water restriction limits.

Only vital services, such as hospitals and clinics, would be allowed to continue their existing water supply after Day Zero. For the many businesses outside the CBD, however, it remains crucial to avoid Day Zero - and Limberg acknowledged dry taps would have a catastrophic economic impact.

Any individual who doesn't adhere to the restrictions will be fined.

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