Cape Town’s Day Zero moved outward to 16 April

31 Jan 2018

The City of Cape Town has announced that Day Zero, the day in which water taps will run dry, has moved slightly outward to 16 April 2018 (last week it was 12 April 2018) mainly due to a reduction in agricultural releases from the dams over the previous week.

In a statement the city says its dashboard shows dam levels have dropped by 0,9% to 26,3%.

While noting the improvement in water saving efforts by residents the city noted that more still needs to be done to #beat-day-zero. “Although there are many dedicated water ambassadors whose efforts to help us to avoid Day Zero are remarkable, those who are not rolling up their sleeves should join their neighbours in the fight. We need all water users to join the efforts of Team Cape Town.”

The city reminded residents that Level 6b water restrictions which, among other requirements, set the daily water usage of 50 litres per person per day, will come into effect from 1 February 2018. This is in an effort to drive water usage down further as it is the only way that we can avoid Day Zero.

Dam levels 26,3% – 0,9% down
Day Zero 16 April 2018 Last week: 12 April 2018
% of Cape Town saving 55% (based of 87 litres)
New usage target 450 million litres per day
Total usage 580 million litres per day 130 million litres above the new usage target

New water tariffs also come into effect from 1 February 2018. Increasing the cost of water should help to change behaviour and to drive down usage further, especially among the high users. All income from the proposed tariff would go towards funding essential water services. The City does not make a profit on water revenue.

Level 6B water restrictions include:

  • a daily limit of 50 litres or less per person whether at home, work, school or elsewhere.
  • outdoor usage of boreholes is strongly discouraged. Usage for irrigation purposes will be limited to a maximum of one hour only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00.
  • borehole/wellpoint water use must be metered and all users are required to keep records and have these available for inspection.
  • permission from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to sell or buy borehole/wellpoint water.

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