Cape Town's Day Zero pushed to July, says official

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Cape Town's Day Zero pushed to July, says official

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 - a month later than last forecast.

Neilson also attributed the push back to a "further reduction" in the city's weekly water consumption rate, which now stands at around 520-million litres per day.

"Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we can not assume that this year will be any different".

The city officials anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again, once the Groenland transfer has been completed, unless they are able to meet the 450 MLD collective water usage target, Neilson said.

"We must all keep doing absolutely everything in our power to reach the target set by the national department to reduce our urban usage by 45 percent", said Ian Neilson, the deputy mayor.

Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5%, setting us now 139 days away.

"In Khayelitsha, officers visited eight unregistered vehicle washes and all were fined for using municipal water", Cape Town Metropolitan Police Sergeant Ruth Solomons said.

The city, which attracts millions of tourists every year, has enforced strict waste controls including prosecuting homeowners who use significantly more than the current 50-litre daily limit.

The city offered hope in its announcement of the deadline change, stating that if water conservation intensifies, "Defeating Day Zero is in sight".

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy was unimpressed with his strikeforce following his side's narrow 1-0 win over Swaziland's Young Buffaloes in their CAF Confederation Cup clash last night.

Capetonians have had to cut their consumption to 50 litres per person a day. "Now is definitely not the time to ease up".

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