Cape Town is running out of water

Aaron Brown
January 31, 2018

"It shows that we can beat Day Zero and we will."
Cape Town is suffering the worst drought in recorded history, with dam levels falling to 24.5 per cent this week from 25.3 per cent the previous week, and from almost 38 per cent a year ago, according to a weekly update from the department of water affairs.

In a "two-way conversation", some diplomats who met officials managing Cape Town's crisis referred to water shortages in their own countries, including in Barcelona, Spain and the US state of California, said Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, an agency that promotes tourism and trade in Western Cape province.

South Africa's drought-stricken tourist metropolis of Cape Town has reduced its daily water consumption by 60 million litres a day, pushing back the day it is predicted to run out of water.

From 1st February residents in Cape Town will be allowed to use no mare than 13.2 gallons of drinking water a day in an effort to avoid "Day Zero".

Maimane‚ at a media conference‚ thanked Capetonians for saving water over the past week which meant that day zero could be pushed back by four days.

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"I think a lot of cities are going to go through challenges like this", said Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, which is an agency that promotes tourism and trade in Western Cape Province.

Experts say key causes of Cape Town's water shortages are climate change and huge population growth since the 1990s.

Addressing members of the Cape Town Press Club at an event in Newlands on Sunday, Mokonyane said that a collaborative decision would be taken if decisions regarding funding for water projects needed to be considered. However, if residents don't save water, they will have no option but to close all taps. The water delivered will be distributed to Cape Town's residents soon.

Cape Town might have to turn off most taps by April 12.

The city wants visitors to follow the same guidelines given to residents, including brief showers and fewer toilet flushes.

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