Cape City to expire of water inside weeks

Cape City to expire of water inside weeks

Dam levels in South Africa's Western Cape province fell to 25.3 percent on Monday from 26.6 percent the previous week, and from almost 40 percent a year ago, according to data from the department of water affairs.

"Due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, day zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April", the deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Water has clearly become the new gold of Cape Town, a city famous for its beaches and mountains.

Three years of intensive drought leaves Cape Town, South Africa counting the days until the city runs out of water.

Day Zero (predicted day non-essential supplies to be cut off): 12 April (revised down from 21 April last week).

The minister said critics like Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and DA leader Mmusi Maimane were trying to absolve themselves of their responsibilities in the management of the water crisis.

Instead, she boils about 1.5 liters of water and mixes it with about a liter of tap water to have her daily wash while the rest of us catch the slow running water in a bucket for re-use in the toilet cistern.

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City councillors are set to vote on the introduction of a punitive tariff, which will charge households using more than 6,000 litres per month higher water rates.

"It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero".

The dams' water levels have dropped from 77 percent in September 2015 to 15.2 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At that point, the city's 3.7 million residents would have to line up at one of 200 locations for a rationed supply of clean water.

Farrel Cohen, manager of the Metropolitan Golf Club in Mouille, said he was "too afraid to even think about" what Day Zero would mean for Cape Town.

Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu said the strategy plan included the deployment of forces at the various points of distribution across the metro, regular patrols, and the escorting of water resources to critical points where necessary.

"We will not be drawn into petty political squabbles while the people and economy of the Western Cape are on the verge of a possible water supply blackout", Mokonyane said on Wednesday.

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