Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Day Zero moves to mid-May

Day Zero moves to mid-May

In the Eastern Cape province, some towns are rationing water, while other provinces are carefully watching their supplies. Anyone using more water than this face a fine or jail time.

Local municipalities are responsible for delivering water from dams to households, with as little wastage as possible. "That is why we have switched off agricultural water users already". That's down by almost 60-million litres per day compared to mid-January.

WELL DONE: This is what Brackenhurst Primary looked like after receiving donations of water. The DWS has only spent R5 million of this in the Western Cape over the past 3 financial years - on clearing a build-up of silt in the Voelvlei Dam Catchment Area, a project they failed to complete. "So now I use one kettle of water".

Earlier in the day, Cape Town residents were urged to adhere to basic hygiene rules to prevent a spread of summer-months illnesses which can be aggravated amid water restrictions.

According to Magchel, she actually got involved in 2016 with the draught in the Free State and for her, it was unbelievable to see all the trucks going there with water.

Researchers in Cape Town also do a lot of work in the areas of tuberculosis and HIV, and an interruption to the water supply, and the demands of going to line up daily for water, would have huge ramifications for the research being performed.

They admit that farmers could be hurt by the reduction.

Water, our world's most precious, and yet under-protected, resource, will soon be a scarcity for the citizens of Cape Town, South Africa, as "Day Zero" looms.According to a press release issued by the World Water Council (WWC), "today (February 5) their four million residents must reduce their water usage to just 50 liters per day, seven times less than the average USA citizen".

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The water shortage has important ramifications for research and healthcare. "I am privileged enough to have a auto and drive to natural springs coming off the mountain to go and catch water in drums", Delport said."Although there are queues it could be worse". City officials have dubbed the date "Day Zero", and warned that residents would be limited to a daily allowance of 25 litres, which they would have to collect from one of 200 collection points if the taps are switched off. And letting the pipes run dry risks bursting them once water is returned to them. At that point, reservoirs will be only about 13 percent capacity but the remaining water is too filled with silt to be usable. Johan Smal from Klinger in Wadeville donated 3700 litres of still water to Water Shortage South Africa. This has since dropped to just 31% in the latest report, or around 160-million litres per day.

Cape Town isn't the only city in recent times to suffer a water crisis.

WOW: This was collected in two days by Kenton Primary.

The leading tourist destination in South Africa is experiencing the toughest drought in its history. This is to help South Africans in need of water.

HELPING: Charles Molutsoane, Freddy Monama and Nicci Bala helping to load the truck. The water level in the six main dams declined to an average of 26.3% compared to over 90% four years ago.

Among the numerous efforts that are being undertaken to deal with the severe water crisis, the construction of temporary desalination plants continues in a rush, and the plant at Strandfontein Pavilion is on schedule, according to News24.

THANK YOU: Johan Smal from Klinger in Wadeville donated 3700 liters of water.

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