Cape Town Open becomes a 'water-less' event

by Sophie Craig February 22, 2018, 1:07
Cape Town Open becomes a 'water-less' event

It was announced on Tuesday that Day Zero, when the public will have to start queuing for water, had been moved to July 9.

South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted southern and western regions, including Cape Town, which means the government could spend more money and resources to deal with the crisis.

Cape Town - Eleven auto washes were fined for using municipal water on Wednesday, the City of Cape Town has confirmed.

Although #DayZero has largely fell to the wayside this week in the wake of SONA 2018, Cape Town is still in the midst of a drought.

Tourists arriving in Cape Town are bombarded with signs warning of a dire water shortage, one holidaymaker told TravelMole, and taps have been turned off in the public lavatories at the airport and other public venues across the town, which are providing hand sanitizer instead.

But Mediterranean-like Cape Town receives most of its rain in the southern hemisphere's winter - and scientists warn there is no guarantee of a good rainy season.

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"With everybody working together, we have been able to see that it is manageable and we can actually reach the usage target [set by the City of Cape Town], which is 550 million litres of water per day".

30 Aug 2017. Cape Town, South Africa.

"Enforcement blitzes will also continue to ensure that all water users adhere to the water restrictions", he said, adding that "level 6B restrictions make it compulsory for residents to use no more than 50 litres per person per day", he 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.

"Today I urge the residents of Cape Town not to ease up on their water-saving efforts".

The City indicated that its progress - in terms of providing alternative water sources through desalination, recycling and ground water - is 62% complete.

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