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

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. 

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BREAKING: Day Zero won't happen this year

“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.

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M&R boss: We’ll give Cape Town 30m litres of water a day in 20 weeks

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.

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How the tourism industry is adjusting to the Cape Town 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.

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