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The City of Cape Town’s Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson said: “Unfortunately, due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, Day Zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April 2018.”
“To those of you who are not yet part of the massive water-saving efforts that are underway in Cape Town, we urge you to join friends, neighbours, colleagues and team Cape Town as a whole in beating back Day Zero,” he said.
Day Zero marks the day when there will be no water left for the city’s taps due to the drought.
Neilson also said that desalination and aquifer projects would not help provide enough water to avoid Day Zero this year, but would help the city through the next dry season.
“Our main focus at this point must be on what we can do now to prevent our taps running dry by April.”
Meanwhile, Mmusi Maimane, leader of the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) delivered a speech in Athlone, on 24 Januuary outlining what the DA and local government will be doing to defeat day zero.
While Maimane conceded that day zero is still likely to happen, he added that the city can fight it off.
For more on the DA’s plans click here