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Day Zero Postponed

12 Mar 2018

On Wednesday morning, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane announced that Cape Town will avoid the promised Day Zero, when the city turns off the taps, and residents queue for 25 litres of water per person per day.
Speaking at a press briefing at the DA offices, Maimane praised Capetonians for their water saving efforts, remarking that they are Day Zero Heroes.
“You are all Day Zero heroes. We need to keep current consumption levels. All residents must use less than 50 litres per day. We must not revert back to old habits. South Africa is a water scarce country. We need to recognise that water is a scarce resource… and we need to never waste it.”
Maimane urged Capetownians to continue to save water as at 6 March 2018, dam levels are at a dire 23.6%, with the possibility of Day Zero in 2019 still looming.
"While it is now unlikely to occur in 2018, Day Zero is still a very real possibility during the 2019 summer months if we do not have significant rainfall this winter. I want to reiterate, and cannot stress enough, that we need to keep at current consumption levels until at least after the winter rainfall. We can and we must continue to use less than 50 litres of water (per person) per day so that Day Zero can be defeated in its entirety."
Level 6B water restrictions remain in effect.

Source: Daily Maverick and The Independent