Day Zero won't happen this year‚ Maimane tells Cape Town

07 March 2018 - 13:54

Cape Town will not hit Day Zero in 2018‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

“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.

“Residents have responded magnificently... Everyone played their part in this city-wide collective effort to keep the taps open‚” said Maimane‚ who led the DA’s #DefeatDayZero campaign after the party’s City of Cape Town caucus voted that mayor Patricia de Lille should be relieved of the responsibility.

"The 60% reduction in consumption is an incredible achievement‚ and outperforms many other cities across the world which faced severe droughts – including Sao Paulo‚ Melbourne‚ and the state of California.”

On Tuesday‚ deputy mayor Ian Neilson said the city council’s latest estimate of Day Zero was July 15. But last week he said it wasn’t likely to arrive before November.



The City of Cape Town have provided assurance that the central business district will not be affected by the drought currently being experienced.

"During an update on the ongoing water crisis in the Western Cape, Mayco member Xanthea Limberg has said the Cape Town CBD would be excluded from the 'Day Zero' water shutdown to ensure the economy keeps going."

Initially it was thought that 'Day Zero' would happen in April 2018, but due to, inter alia, a massive reduction in water usage by residents, this date has been pushed back three times. 

Status as at 20 February: "Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014). This week’s lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam level, as well as to a further reduction in Cape Town’s weekly average demand to 523 megalitres per day (MLD) compared to 1 130 MLD in 2014."

For direct information from the Western Cape Goverment on the water crisis we suggest following the link below.

Management of the Cape Sun Hotel have also provided assurance that they will do everything possible to ensure that their guests are not adversely affected.