“Day zero will not happen in 2018 or 2019” – City of Cape Town
28 June 2018
Capetonians have been allowed to breathe a collective sigh of relief as city officials announced that day zero would not happen either this year or next.
After months of stringent water usage and recent generous rainfall, dam levels have increased and locals have been able to look at the water crisis in a more optimistic fashion.
Capetonians praised heavily by City as water consumption hits a new low
28 June 2018
The rain has taken much of the credit for Cape Town’s recent resurgence in the dam levels, but city officials reserved high praise for the locals and their record-low rates of water consumption.
Cape Town weather: Severe, intense rainfall set for Friday 1 June
28 May 2018
"Where do we start? May has been ludicrously kind to the region, with six different cold fronts lashing the Western Cape during recent weeks. Many areas have easily surpassed their monthly averages, and there is much more to come."
Water Cascades Down Table Mountain as Good Rains Finally Fall
24 May 2018
As predicted by the South African Weather Service (SAWS), heavy rain fell on Thursday in the Western Cape, bringing much needed water to the region which has become famous worldwide for its dire drought, the longest in Cape Town’s recorded history.
Delight for locals as rain set to stay until Thursday
22 May 2018
"The Cape Town weather forecast just keeps getting better and better. Predictions last week said that the rain would last until Tuesday in the Cape. But it seems the stormy season fancies an encore.
According to weather data supplied to us through Ventusky, the gloomy conditions are set to hang around. When you’re in the grip of a huge drought crisis, these are perfect conditions.
With light showers to persist through to Wednesday – before one final deluge on Thursday – Cape Town’s miserable May could well be a game changer as the city fights against the threat of day zero."
IT'S RAINING IN CAPE TOWN!
Our winter rains have begun - not a moment too soon! Capetonians are celebrating today, with social media awash with posts of gratitude, alerts of flash floods and, of course, some fabulous meme's.
Cape Town roads under water as city welcomes 'real rain'
26 April 2018
Motorists in Cape Town are being cautioned to travel with extra caution on Thursday as heavy overnight rain flooded several roads across the metropole and beyond.
Some of the areas affected included sections of road between Table View and Milnerton‚ Edgemead Drive and Chapmans Peak.
Informal settlements were also drenched by heavy downpours accompanied by thunder storms in the early hours of the morning.
For more on this story go here.
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.
CAPE TOWN CBD SPARED FROM #DAYZERO WATER SHUTDOWN
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." https://www.thesouthafrican.com/day-zero-pushed-back-again-cpt-july/
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.