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South Africa: Day Zero Moves Closer After High Water Usage in Cape Town
Day zero can be expected as soon as April 29, 2018, after high water usage by Cape Town residents over the past week, the City of Cape Town said on Tuesday.
According to the City, day zero is when almost all of the taps in the city will be turned off and residents would have to queue for water at approximately 200 sites across the peninsula.
Some essential services would stay connected, but almost all residential suburbs would be cut off.
The City said in a statement that total water storage had decreased by 1.1%.
Dam levels were standing at 33%, while the city's overall water usage had risen to 641 million litres per day.
Only 34% of residents were saving water and agricultural users had consumed water at a similar rate to the city, the City said.
Director of Water and Sanitation Peter Flower described it as a "terrifying prospect".
Flower said residential customers remained the largest portion of water users.
He added that, if residents brought consumption down to 500 million litres per day, day zero could be avoided.
Teams were hard at work to ensure that the average response time to leaks or burst pipes would be under two hours, he said.