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Drought-stricken Cape Town's Day Zero moves to July

21 February 2018

The New York Times reports that thanks to water rationing methods, the day the city will run out of water, which is being called "Day Zero", has been pushed back to July 9.

These factors allowed the City to push back Day Zero to 9 July 2018, a delay of more than a month from its previous date of 4 June 2018.

The ideas generated will contribute to effective solutions to the Cape Town water crisis, ideas that will be shared with other water-stressed cities around the world.

Level 6B restrictions continue, making it compulsory for Capetonians to use no more than 50 litres per person per day.

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"We know that while we are going through a challenging time, we are building a world-class green economy that will be a beacon of hope for many places around", said Tim Harris, chief executive for Wesgro, a regional trade and tourism agency.

Neilson said that this week's lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland area's water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam levels, as well as to a further reduction in Cape Town's weekly average demand to 523 mega litres per day (MLD), compared to 1,130 MLD in 2014.

"Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we can not assume that this year will be any different".

30 Aug 2017. Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Democratic Alliance party says residents must still use fewer than 50 litres (13.2 gallons) per person daily to avoid the tap closure.

In line with the City's strategy to preserve this important resource, the Sunshine Tour will also be running a social media campaign through which aims to engage the public, players and tournament staff.

However, several desalination plants are planned and together with underground water reserves, are expected to help augment water sources well into the future.

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Drought-stricken Cape Town's Day Zero moves to July