Day Zero could be a thing of the past in CT

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Front Page - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@afro­tone.co.za

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.”

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