Zero chill‚ but deputy mayor says water-saving efforts must continue

Casey Dawson
February 22, 2018

Previously, the agricultural sector - which uses the same supply system the city draws its water from - had used up its allocation, resulting in a drop over the coming weeks.

The new Day Zero is now 9 July 2018, the government's official Day Zero tracker said on Tuesday.

These factors allowed the City to push back Day Zero to 9 July 2018, a delay of more than a month from its previous date of 4 June 2018.

The ideas generated will contribute to effective solutions to the Cape Town water crisis, ideas that will be shared with other water-stressed cities around the world. He did not specify when that would take place.

A range of activities over the weekend include talks; exhibits on water technology, composting toilets and DIY; workshops on water saving, harvesting and grey water treatment; the 25-litre challenge; family-friendly kid's activities; and community engagements with a panel of experts about Day Zero.

The City has since rerouted the water to ease the congestion at the facility.

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Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says: "It's essential now that we continue to sustain our efforts of keeping water usage low because that will assist us in defeating day zero".

Last week, consumption was recorded at 523 million litres per day, compared to 526 million the week before. "We can not afford to slow down when the estimated "Day Zero" date moves out, simply because we can not accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come".

To meet the challenge, residents have been storing water in jugs and collecting free water from local breweries.

The government is anxious that if people can't conserve enough water to avoid the shutoff, there will be anarchy in the city, which is home to four million people.

The Western Cape is now experiencing its worst drought in 100 years.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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