Day Zero could be a thing of the past in CT
DAY Zero could be a thing of the past following sacrifices by residents and the recent good rains in the Western Cape, Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson said yesterday.
He warned that residents should continue to adhere to the strict water consumption regulations which are still in place.
Due to the current trend, Day Zero could be a thing of the past for this year and next year.
Neilson said they had noted that dam levels were already in a much stronger position than they were at the end of winter last year.
The city was confident that there would be no prospect of reaching Day Zero next year. The city also hoped to reduce the current water restrictions in the near future and the tariffs associated with them, dependent on the national government relaxing restrictions on releases from the water supply system.
“The levels of the dams supplying water to Cape Town have been rising consistently and significantly over the past six weeks.
“As at today, total dam storage capacity is at just more than 43% and we still have more than two months of expected winter rainfall ahead of us.
“Over the last few months, our collective water usage has been around 520 million litres per day.
“This may be compared to the situation at the end of winter last year when dam levels were at 38% and consumption was more than 600 million litres a day,” Neilson said.
The city was now in a position to state that not only has it managed to avoid Day Zero this year, but it would also safely get through the summer next year.
This was due to the amount of water Ian Neilson already in the dams, the intense water demand management programmes, the unrelenting communication, awareness and the behavioural change effected over the past two years and the continued support and sacrifice of Team Cape Town.
“We have shown what we can achieve if we all pull together and work towards a common goal.
“I would again like to thank all Capetonians for their enormous water conservation effort this past summer. It was our combined effort that ensured that we got through the summer without running out of water.”
Neilson said they were aware of the difficulties experienced by all and were looking at reducing tariffs and restrictions.
“I know that it has been difficult for both private residents and businesses to operate under the stringent restrictions and that many sacrifices have been made by millions of residents.
“We hope that continued rains will enable a progressive reduction in the stress felt by all.”