Tourists reminded to save water in Cape

Panic and blame as Cape Town braces for water shut-off

In the event that Day Zero becomes a reality in Cape Town, the South African Police Service has devised a plan for police officers, the military and traffic officers to help monitor water distribution points across the metro.

Cape Town, now on Level 6B water restrictions, is still not achieving its target of 500 megaliters per day.

She does not believe people will comply, and Day Zero will be around April 12.

The Western Cape region of South Africa was unprepared to handle three consecutive years of severe drought.

Hitting day zero would mean residents could no longer get water to their homes and would be required to queue at standpipes across the city to get a ration of just 6.6 gallons a day, The Guardian reports.

"Despite our urging for months, 60 per cent of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day", she said.

The company says it will also keep its Springs Way water-collection point in Newlands open 24/7.

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The city's mayor, Patricia de Lille, said warnings to use water sparingly have fallen on deaf ears.

"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.

According to The Guardian, Elliott's restaurant Cape to Cuba stopped serving tap water and is asking customers to only flush solids while using the restrooms.

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 past year to the current 7,000 kilolitres per month.

It was under Mokonyane's watch that the Department of Water and Sanitation failed to maintain and upgrade aging water infrastructure, resulting in the inability of national government to supply municipalities with bulk water supply, as is their exclusive mandate.

"The city is installing thousands of water management devices on the properties of high users and ensuring that we better our record low overall water loss percentage of 16% as compared to the national average of 36%", Neilson said.

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