Cape Town dreads "Day Zero" when taps will run dry

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These factors allowed the City to push back Day Zero to 9 July 2018, a delay of more than a month from its previous date of 4 June 2018.

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%, setting us now 139 days away.


Cape Town's average dam level is now at 24.4%.

Helen Zille, the premier of the Western Cape province, said earlier this year that the challenge faced by the city "exceeds anything a major city has had to face anywhere in the world since the Second World War or 9/11".

Water augmentation has become a hot topic of late, as many industries and the city are exploring viable solutions and methods of extracting water in a sustainable and affordable manner.

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.

In addition to the hackathon, the two-day event will consist of a variety of activities, all with a focus on creating awareness and the sharing of ideas to provide solutions to the current water stresses facing Cape Town, immediately, and into the future.

"Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we can not assume that this year will be any different".

30 Aug 2017. Cape Town, South Africa.

"We must all keep doing absolutely everything in our power to reach the target set by the national department to reduce our urban usage by 45 percent", said Ian Neilson, the deputy mayor.

"While we have not yet reached the target of 450 megaliters per day, we have together brought down our daily usage by 3 megaliters which is an encouraging step in the right direction".

The City indicated that its progress - in terms of providing alternative water sources through desalination, recycling and ground water - is 62% complete.