The slogan “Day Zero” is being used to describe the day that Cape Town potentially runs out of water. Day Zero is closer than ever and may even occur sooner than expected on the 11 May 2018. This will not only influence the Western Cape, but South Africa as a whole. With the 50-litres-per-day-for-the-next-150-days alarms going off, will the looming ‘Day Zero’ affect those beyond the Western Cape?
Water is a daily need – cooking, drinking, hygiene – and the need for it is far greater than what the city has left. Water meters are being monitored, swimming pools are being emptied, and monthly tariffs have increased to ensure that households use water within the set restrictions. The rest of the country will feel the water crisis pinch.
Tourists are urged to be as cautious as the city’s residents by choosing to stay in accommodation facilities that have water-saving measures in place, such as using cups when brushing teeth instead of letting the tap run, and taking shorter showers.
Dam levels are critically low, and when storage reaches 13.5%, Cape Town will turn off most taps, leaving only vital services (such as hospitals) with access to water. Below is a list of dam levels of each province as of 22 January 2018:
|Province||Dam levels in %|
|Western Cape||25.3 %|
|Eastern Cape||58.9 %|
|Free State||65.0 %|
|Northern Cape||75.6 %|
|North West||67.0 %|
Day Zero is expected to hit on 11 May 2018, and as over-consumption continues excessively, the day draws closer and closer.
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