New Day Zero date announced as Cape Town fights back

2018-01-30 14:09
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Cape Town - Day Zero for Cape Town has been pushed back by four days to April 16, 2018, DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced in a statement on Tuesday.

"This is crucial progress, and I offer my thanks and congratulations to all residents who have joined in this campaign to Defeat Day Zero with such commitment. Their efforts have shown fruit. We have started to push back Day Zero, and we can defeat it altogether if we keep going."

According to the latest data, dam levels for Cape Town are 26.3% as at January 29, 2018, from 26.6% at January 26, 2018.

The average daily water production of all water sources is at 580 ml/d compared to the target of 450ml/d.

Check out News24's special report on the water crisis

"This is great progress, but to truly Defeat Day Zero, we need to aim to cut consumption to 450 million litres a day," said Maimane.

If Day Zero does arrives taps will be cut off, except in the CBD and commercial and industrial zones.

"Pushing back Day Zero by 4 days may not seem like a lot. But actually it is a significant victory. It shows that residents are coming together and cutting water consumption," said Maimane.

The DA leader also announced that the City secured an additional 67 million litres a day for a period of approximately 60 days, commencing in early February.

This is part of the 120 million litre augmentation which we announced last week.

"Last week we expected this additional capacity to only come online by May, but now more than half will be available from early February. This speeding-up of water augmentation will help us greatly to Defeat Day Zero."

READ MORE: City gives all-clear for 186 water distribution points

Meanwhile, retailers are cashing in as panic-stricken Capetonians are buying bottled water in bulk.

Retailers have limited the sales of bottled water in Cape Town. (Adriaan Basson, News24)

Have a look at this infographic prepared by Digest to help people decide what they need potable water for and to manage it within their budget.

Purchasing water at R23 (currently the higher end of what Capetonians are forking out in the city) could see residents up spending about R20 000 on water for the next three months, according to Digest estimates.

READ: Cape Town retailers prepare for water stockpiling ahead of Day Zero

As speculation swirls around the practical implications of Day Zero, watch this video as the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Social Services, JP Smith, answers some of your most pertinent questions.


Watch this video of ordinary residents sharing their thoughts on Day Zero.


ICYMI: Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has taken charge of Cape Town's water crisis, but seemed stumped last week when News24's Aletta Harrison asked him some questions about Day Zero.

Read this piece by Ralph Mathekga in which he opines that the idea of people standing in line for water is not so depressing as for many South Africans it does not get more normal than that.

The poor have survived Day Zero for years

A couple of weeks ago I made two trips to Cape Town in which I became familiar with the looming water crisis in the city. While in the Mother City, I got to chat to a few people who reflected on how the water crisis was affecting them.

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