Cape Town pushes back "Day Zero" to July 9

by Reuters
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:00 GMT

Residents walk past a leaking communal tap in Khayelitsha township, near Cape Town, South Africa, December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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A decline in water usage has pushed back the day Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry

- South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said that over the past week, the city's water consumption has been lowered to 523 million litres per day as residents reduce usage. In addition, the Groenland farmers association also released water from their private reservoirs into the Steenbras storage dam.

"We anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again once the Groenland transfer has been completed, unless we are able to meet the 450 MLD (million litres per day) collective water usage target," Neilson said in a statement.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by James Macharia)

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