#WaterCrisis: Zero plan for Day Zero - 'DA PR exercise' slated

Lucy Bush
January 26, 2018

Cape Town residents may lose piped water to their homes within two months if they do not act to counter the effects of the worst drought to hit South Africa's second city in nearly a century.

The situation in Cape Town, though, is particularly startling; if it actually reaches day zero, it will be "the first major city in the developed world to run out of water", NPR writes.

"Due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4 percent, "Day Zero" has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April", Ian Neilson, the deputy mayor, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Within months, South Africa's oldest city, nicknamed the "Mother City", is at risk of becoming the world's largest metropolis to run out of water.

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Trial water collection sites have already been set up, and in a further possible sign of things to come, people have been lining up with jerry cans at AB-Inbev's Newlands brewery to get up to 25 litres of free water from a mountain stream on its property.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane introduced his new "Drought Crisis Team" yesterday and said he had taken the unprecedented step of taking political control of the responses to the water crisis. Instead, she boils about 1.5 litres of water and mixes it with about a litre of tap water to have her daily wash while the rest of us catch the slow running water in a bucket for re-use in the toilet cistern.

On Monday, Zille said that she had written to President Jacob Zuma, asking for a national disaster to be declared after the likelihood of Day Zero was confirmed by the City of Cape Town.

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"It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero".

"The provision of bulk water supply is a national government mandate".

"Defeating Day Zero has been and continues to be our main priority‚ and the work that has been done over the a year ago will continue with increased urgency to ensure we guarantee access to water for citizens‚" said Mokonyane.

"No amount of politicking and scapegoats will do away with the imminent water blackout we face in the Western Cape if we fail to act responsibly", Mokonyane said.

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