Cape Water Crisis: Mother City paints the town green with new water map

The City of Cape Town is working hard to avoid 'Day Zero' which is estimated to be 22 April 2018.

Recently, the City launched a water map and calls on residents to "paint Cape Town green" with water-saving efforts in order to get through the drought stage in the province.

This new initiative, part of the City's water-saving programme, identifies residential properties that are using less than 10 500 litres per month by allocating them with green dots. The map is a transparent tool and will assist in actively managing and reducing consumption to avoid Day Zero.

"We need absolutely everyone to come on board because the prospect of queuing daily for an allocation of 25 litres per person is a reality and we must do more to avoid it at all cost," says the City's executive mayor, Patricia de Lille.

"Day Zero comes when our dam levels reach 13.5% and most taps will be turned off.”

The City urges that the greener the city goes, the further Day Zero will be pushed. 

While consumers save, the City says it is pulling out all the stops to deliver additional water as fast as possible from groundwater, desalination and water re-use sources. 

"At this critical stage, water consumption remains too high for too many homes. The residential sector uses approximately 65% of our water allocation. This sector holds the key to helping us avoid Day Zero," says the City. 

In order to help avoid Day Zero, it has been stated that each household must reduce its consumption within the water restriction limits - 87 litres or less per person per day.

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Source: News24