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Sunday 25 February 2018

Cape Town’s ‘Day Zero’ water cut-off date pushed back to April 16

Officials say aquifer drilling is accelerating and authorities will reduce water pressure in the municipal system in the coming weeks.

People collect water from a communal tap at an informal settlement near Cape Town (AP)
People collect water from a communal tap at an informal settlement near Cape Town (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The South African city of Cape Town has made some progress in staving off the dreaded “Day Zero” – the date when it might have to turn off most taps because of water shortages.

The country’s main opposition leader said “Day Zero” has been pushed back by four days to April 16, thanks to residents’ efforts to save water.

Mmusi Maimane, whose Democratic Alliance party runs Cape Town and the surrounding province, said residents must use fewer than 50 litres (13.2 gallons) per person daily to avoid the tap closure altogether.

Mr Maimane said aquifer drilling is accelerating and authorities will reduce water pressure in the municipal system in the coming weeks.

Experts say the causes of Cape Town’s water shortages include climate change and huge population growth.

Press Association

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