With dam levels reaching a low of 22.7% with an increasing drop from 23.6% in just one week nearing the end of March, it is sure to say that the water crises in Cape Town are still an ongoing one. The city is listed under level 6B restrictions, which means that both the residents and visitors in Cape Town are only allowed to use 50 litres per person per day.
While this already seems normal to the city’s residents, to others it might seem like an extreme measure. Nevertheless, even foreigners have kept to the water usage limits and have helped the residents to push back day zero which was supposed to start in June of this year.
Water theft in Cape Town
Whilst this seems somewhat bizarre to the rest of the world, it is a serious offence to steal or consume water more than you’re allowed to as one is not only placing the risk on oneself but the entire city.
Crime regarding the water crisis luckily has not been too high and people have been saving wherever they can.
New hope for water resources
The city has started to plan for day zero, highlighting aquifer sites that will be able to sustain all residents and future visitors. These sites are located in the Cape Flats, Atlantis, as well as Table Mountain which is expected to pump up to 60 million litres of fresh water a day. Although this seems like good news, plans to activate these resources are yet to be put in place.
Cape Town has shown immense support regarding the water crisis. They have saved so much water in fact, that they changed the fate of day zero to as far as 2019. With prospective plans to put water resources in place and further saving, the city’s water crisis might even be able to be salvaged.
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