Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

  • Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

"It has affected us very badly because we depend on water to survive", Safa Cape Town president Bennett Bailey said.

"Day Zero", when the reservoirs serving the town are expected to fall to just 13% of their capacity, has been pushed back several times from April to July.

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. Our water saving efforts across the metro have thus far been our greatest defence against Day Zero.

Last week, consumption was recorded at 523 million litres per day, compared to 526 million the week before.

"We must all keep doing absolutely everything in our power to reach the target set by the national department to reduce our urban usage by 45 percent", said Ian Neilson, the deputy mayor.

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy was unimpressed with his strikeforce following his side's narrow 1-0 win over Swaziland's Young Buffaloes in their CAF Confederation Cup clash last night.

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

Cape Town, which attracts about two million visitors each year, wants to become more resilient as the effects of climate change are felt, similar to other dry cities including Melbourne and California.

But Neilson warned Day Zero could creep forward again once the Groenland water was used up unless the city reduced consumption to 450 megalitres a day.

"Enforcement blitzes will also continue to ensure that all water users adhere to the water restrictions", he said, adding that "level 6B restrictions make it compulsory for residents to use no more than 50 litres per person per day", he said.