Cape Town told to cut water use or face losing supply by 12 April

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Cape Town residents may lose piped water to their homes within two months if they do not act to counter the effects of the worst drought to hit South Africa’s second city in almost a century. Local authorities have warned four million people that if they do not reduce consumption by “day zero” – 12 April – they will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons).

The city, which attracts millions of tourists every year, has enforced strict waste controls, including prosecuting homeowners who use more than the 87-litre daily limit. However, the measures have not been enough, forcing local officials to bring forward “day zero” by nine days. “Due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, day zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April,” the deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, said in a statement on Tuesday. Every day that consumption exceeded 500m litres, the last day of normal water supply drew closer, he said.(theguardian)…[+]