South Africa 13.2.2018 02:17 pm

Cape Town’s Day Zero moved to June 4

The new normal? People in the Cape Town suburb of St. James queue to collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring

The new normal? People in the Cape Town suburb of St. James queue to collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring

Over the past week, consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres a day.

The City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced that Day Zero, when the city’s taps run dry, has been pushed back to June 4 from May 11.

This was due to the continued decline in agricultural usage and Capetonians reducing their water usage in cooperation with the City’s efforts to bring down overall consumption.

“Team Cape Town, we are getting there. We now need to see how low we can go to ensure that we stretch our water supplies as far as possible into the winter months by reaching the 450 million litre per day collective consumption target which equates to 50 litres per person per day,” said the City in a statement.

Over the past week, consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres a day. This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by residents to use as little water as possible.

Cape Town and other areas of the Western Cape are in the grips of a a devastating drought which has led to the implementation of severe water restrictions.

– African News Agency (ANA)

 

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