Cape Town heads for 'Day Zero' as water supplies dwindle

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It was under Mokonyane's watch that the Department of Water and Sanitation failed to maintain and upgrade aging water infrastructure, resulting in the inability of national government to supply municipalities with bulk water supply, as is their exclusive mandate.

Cape Town has an estimated amount of less than 80 days left of water.

The world seems to have arrived at such a crisis as appalling reports from Cape town- a major city and tourist attraction in South Africa indicate that the city is likely to approach a day where taps will run dry.

California public health officials estimate that regardless of years of trying to reduce water use, state residents still consume an average of 88 gallons a day. Even farmers were told to cut back on irrigation, while other companies that rely on water such as auto washing firms and hotels had to also ration.

"Unfortunately, due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, Day Zero has moved forward to 12 April 2018", Neilson said on Thursday.

Restaurant managers such as Nikita Elliott had to adapt to ensure they stay open.

Visitors have been instructed to take short, two-minute showers, flush toilets as rarely as possible and stay in accommodation that has water-saving procedures in place.

She said they were attempting to "create scapegoats and shift the blame on the seriousness of the water crisis".

The coastal city of Cape Town, located in the Western Cape of South Africa, has issued new water restrictions with the city now on the verge of running out of water. It's time for both authorities and locals to work together to find long-term solutions for the problems at hand.

"I want to make something very clear on the bulk supply of water".

Through making other behavioural changes, like not watering the garden, limiting the use of the washing machine to two cycles per week and re-using water wherever possible, we have been able to greatly reduce our daily consumption from around 18,000 kilolitres per month previous year to the current 7,000 kilolitres per month.

Mokonyane accused Zille and Maimane of absolving themselves of their responsibilities in the management of the water crisis.

After years of drought, dam levels are now at 17.2% of usable water, but that still hasn't prevented some people from cutting their water use.