Cape Town now faces dry taps by July 9

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Cape Town now faces dry taps by July 9

Deputy mayor Ian Neilson said that over the past week, the city's water consumption has been lowered to 523 million litres per day as residents reduce usage.

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City officials still have the water consumption target set at 450 million litres, despite Day Zero being pushed back yet again in Cape Town.

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He said that Safa could not cancel matches or furtherreduce its water consumption: "We have made sacrifices and to be honest with you, it doesn't look like the City (of Cape Town) has a plan in place".

Cape Town, which attracts about two million visitors each year, wants to become more resilient as the effects of climate change are felt, similar to other dry cities including Melbourne and California.

Although #DayZero has largely fell to the wayside this week in the wake of SONA 2018, Cape Town is still in the midst of a drought.

3 Feb 2018. Cape Town, South Africa. "We can not afford to slow down when the estimated "Day Zero" date moves out, simply because we can not accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come".

"We can not afford to slow down when the estimated Day Zero date moves out, simply because we can not accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come or when it will come", Neilson said in a statement released Monday.

30 Aug 2017. Cape Town, South Africa.

Neilson however warned that if Capetonians continue to use more than 50-litres per day per person, the City may have to switch off taps in June.

"In Khayelitsha, officers visited eight unregistered auto washes and all were fined for using municipal water", Cape Town Metropolitan Police Sergeant Ruth Solomons said. Neilson explained that reaching this target is imperative for the city to make it to the winter rains before Day Zero arrives.

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