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Cape Town Averts ‘Day Zero’ Water Restrictions

A man collects drinking water from taps that are fed by a spring in Newlands on May 15, 2017, in Cape Town. South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on May 22 as the province battled its worst water shortages for 113 years. This dam is the main water source for the city of Cape Town, and there is only 10% of it's usual capacity left for human consumption, at the last 10% is not useable, due to the silt content. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH

Cape Town has figured out how to keep away from ‘Day Zero’ – a day when it was relied upon to force considerably stricter limitations on water supplies because of a dry season.

The city had before cautioned guests that it would need to fix limitations in July because of the drawn out dry season.

But Tolene van der Merwe, South African Tourism hub head UK & Ireland said today: “We are pleased to announce that Day Zero will not take place this year.

“During this challenging time, the tourism industry and locals have~worked collectively to swiftly implement numerous measures to reduce water consumption and preserve stocks whilst continuing to welcome visitors and provide a great experience.
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“Although this is very positive news for the destination, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to be sensitive to the changing environment and modify our attitudes to water consumption to ensure we manage and preserve this invaluable resource for generations to come.”

Citizens have been encouraged to limit showers to 90 seconds and restaurants are no longer providing tap water on tables.

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Written by How South Africa

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