With dam levels currently at 28.7 percent capacity and only 39 percent of Capetonians using 87 litres of water or less per day, additional water restrictions are on the cards.
The City of Cape Town has announced that from 1st February level 6B water restrictions will be put into effect cutting daily consumption limits down to 50 litres per person per household.
Level 6 water restrictions have been in effect since 1st January but the drought shows no signs of letting up and Cape Town’s taps might run dry come 21st April.
“Only if all Capetonians reduce their daily use down to 87 litres or less, and the City implements the necessary projects, will we avoid Day Zero,” reads a statement on the City of Cape Town’s water dashboard.
The dashboard paints a grave picture of the state of Cape Town’s water supply.
Projects that intend on finding water through alternative methods such as desalination are most behind schedule with only the V&A Waterfront desalination plant on schedule to be completed.
Capetonians have also been discouraged from using borehole water in order to preserve ground water sources.
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has warned that should the dams run dry there are dire consequences for Cape Town.
“On Day Zero, the city will move into full-scale Emergency Stage 3. This means that water to households and businesses will be cut off. There will not be enough water in the system to maintain normal services and the taps (and toilets) will run dry,” says WWF.
Only hospitals, clinics, standpipes in formal settlements and the 200 points of distribution will continue to receive water.
You can keep track of Cape Town’s water usage and track all the alternative water supply projects on this convenient dashboard.[Via – EWN] [Image – CC BY ND 2.0 European Commission DG ECHO]