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Newsflash: Maimane steps in, prepares Cape Town for disaster measures

Newsflash: Maimane steps in, prepares Cape Town for disaster measures

Even as citizens of the Cape Town have been contributing to the massive water conservation efforts to combat the area's drought, however, according to mayor Patricia de Lille, some people are "callously" using more than their current limit.

"Due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, day zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April", the deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, said in a statement on Tuesday.

If water runs out, Cape Town will be the first city in the developed world to experience such a catastrophic event.

Drought-stricken Cape Town faces the prospect of running so low on water that the municipality may turn off the supply to taps and ration residents to 25 litres per person a day.

Day Zero (predicted day non-essential supplies to be cut off): 12 April (revised down from 21 April last week).

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Strict limits on water usage have been in place for months, asking residents to stick to 87 litres a day - but many people appear to have ignored the warnings.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane introduced his new "Drought Crisis Team" yesterday and said he had taken the unprecedented step of taking political control of the responses to the water crisis. And that is not pointing fingers or bickering, just stating a fact because number one: "we are already putting in a desalinator at the Waterfront. and it will be producing two megalitres of water in itself", she said. A single flush of a toilet uses around 15 litres.

"Day zero has been heading in one direction and that's towards us", said Christine Colvin, a resident and freshwater expert with the World Wildlife Fund. We have been conducting rigorous oversight of the city and reporting to them on it.

"It is not her responsibility to oversee a disaster‚ it is minister [Des] van Rooyen ... she is very welcome to come and look at our plans but she is even more welcome to tell us how she plans to provide bulk water‚ which is her responsibility‚" said Zille.

Through making other behavioural changes, like not watering the garden, limiting the use of the washing machine to two cycles per week and re-using water wherever possible, we have been able to greatly reduce our daily consumption from around 18,000 kilolitres per month previous year to the current 7,000 kilolitres per month.

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