#WaterCrisis: Zero plan for Day Zero - 'DA PR exercise' slated

On Monday afternoon, Zille also met with South African Breweries at their Newlands facility, to discuss the bottling and distribution of 12 million bottles of water to parts of the City should the taps be turned off in residential areas.

Dam levels in the Western Cape are now at 26.5%.

A few days ago, city officials had said 22 April would be Day Zero, but this week they advanced the date to 12 April.

A sign warning residents of water restrictions
Image A sign warning residents of water restrictions

The daily ration has been set at 25 litres.

Mokonyane hit back, saying several meetings were held with the City, the provincial ministry of local government, and environment and development planning departments in the Western Cape to manage and mitigate the effects of the drought on water availability for the province.

"Day Zero can only be avoided if all Cape Town residents use less than 50 litres of water per person, per day", it said.

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Local authorities have warned four million people that if they do not reduce consumption by "day zero" - 12 April - they will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 U.S. gallons). But she warned on January 18: "Despite our urging for months‚ 60% of residents are callously using more than the 23 gallons per day".

These activities include re-using bathwater to flush the toilet, using one water bowl to wash all your fruits and many more ways.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane introduced his new "Drought Crisis Team" yesterday and said he had taken the unprecedented step of taking political control of the responses to the water crisis.

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"It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero".

Through making other behavioural changes, like not watering the garden, limiting the use of the washing machine to two cycles per week and re-using water wherever possible, we have been able to greatly reduce our daily consumption from around 18,000 kilolitres per month previous year to the current 7,000 kilolitres per month.

"This was not what citizens should expect from a DA government and so I have come to communicate so that you are clear that we are taking decisive action", he said.

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"We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water".

  • Ryan Wade