How Cape Town avoided Day Zero and cut its water usage by 50% in 3 years - it took Melbourne 12 years to do the same
BREAKING: Day Zero won't happen this year
Cape Town is in the midst of its worst drought in more than a century and was set to run out of fresh water in April.
On Wednesday the city announced that it should be able to avoid running dry in 2018 after a massive water saving campaign. It managed to reduce water consumption by more than half to 516 million litres per day the past week – down from 1.2 billion litres per day in February 2015.
Under construction: A look at Cape Town's new desalination plant
“I am happy to announce today that provided we continue consuming water at current levels‚ and we receive decent winter rainfall this year‚ Day Zero will not occur in 2018. This means the taps will stay open in 2018‚” Maimane said at a media briefing at DA headquarters in Cape Town.
M&R boss: We’ll give Cape Town 30m litres of water a day in 20 weeks
TimesLIVE visited the Strandfontein desalination plant in Cape Town. Still under construction, it is expected to be online by March. The plant is one of three temporary desalination sites being built in the drought-hit city.
Five signs that Day Zero may be averted
Henry Laas, the chief executive of M&R, confirmed that the company planned to have discussions with the City of Cape Town about it as a solution to the city’s water crisis. Laas said that the first water from M&R’s desalination solution would be available after only eight weeks and that 30 million litres a day would be available within 20 weeks.
How the tourism industry is adjusting to the Cape Town water crisis
There are five signs of progress worth watching that could push Day Zero further out and give the City more time to contain the water crisis. These signs are supported by data found in the City’s summary on the Water Outlook for 2018 and on its water dashboard and weekly dam levels web page.
Save like a local: how visitors can help during Cape Town's water crisis
The drought has left the region severely water-stressed, with restrictions in place and concerns about how this will affect visitors coming into Cape Town. This is the result of three years of lower than average rainfall in the region, and with creative solutions on all levels, from the government to residents, Cape Town will remain a great place to visit. South African Tourism has reassured the world that Cape Town is open for business and all visitors are welcome as long as they are willing to work with us in conserving water. Water restrictions are in place and visitors and locals need to ensure they use less than 50 litres per day.
Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town
Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history, which has led to a serious water crisis. The region is severely water-stressed, and this has an impact on both locals and tourists.
Cape Town – The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven to 10 million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero