'Will day zero arrive?' - Parly committee wants to know

'Will day zero arrive?' - Parly committee wants to know

The drought-stricken city of Cape Town has had some reprieve from its continuing water crisis, as other regions of South Africa have agreed to donate about a billion liters of water to help it avoid "Day Zero" water run-out. While that sounds like a lot, it's only one toilet flush, 90-second shower, one laundry machine wash and a few more litres here and there for cooking and cleaning.

Cape Town is in the midst of its worst drought in living memory, as the effects of climate change take their toll.

After the closure of the dam, only 25 litres of water will be given to every person in the Cape Town. The government has encouraged Capetonians to use 50 litres or less per person per day.

According to CC Water, the average person in the United Kingdom uses roughly 149 litres per day. At first, it was slated for several different dates in April, authorities moved the date to May 11, citing a decline in agricultural water use, according to the Associated Press. They both want the minister to guarantee she will not allocate any of the water promised to Cape Town to other municipalities or agriculture. It has imposed new restrictions on the use of water.

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About a quarter of Cape Town's population lives in the informal settlements, where they get water from communal taps instead of individual spigots at home.

Although the high cost of desalination has led the city to focus its attention on groundwater extractions, Neilson says the City of Cape Town is looking at acquiring a large-scale desalination plant to improve the city's water resilience. For this, water will be distributed to 200 places under police supervision. The rising population has also played a role in the declining reservoirs levels, with more than four million people now living in Cape Town. "When this desalinated water was blended with 70 % dam water the result would be an increase in tariffs of just 6.54%".

As the water situation becomes direr in the city, Premier Helen Zille is meeting with Mokonyane on Wednesday to discuss the situation.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the water crisis stems from resources being overused in a short space of time without the control and management of demand. Rain has not been here since last three years.

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