Farmers donate water to fight shortage in Cape Town, SA

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb as fears over the city's water crisis grow in Cape Town South Africa

Councilor Xanthea Limberg, Cape Town's mayoral committee member for water, said the dire situation was being worsened by some people ignoring a push for residents and visitors to use no more than 87 litres of water per person per day.

"However, this is still 97 million litres more than the 450 million litres per day target we need to reach and maintain to defeat Day Zero", Mr Maimane said.

"We can not afford to lose momentum now. day zero is still a very real possibility if we take our focus off saving water". Officials had previously projected "Day Zero" to fall on April 16.

City officials say dam levels dipped below 30 percent in the first week of the new year, with only about 19.7 percent of that water considered usable. "You would have to ask the mayor why she did not institute the Level 6 measures that I have driven and that were adopted by council". "There has not been any significant decline in urban usage".

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There were initiatives to limit water supply, including water throttling, water tariff hikes, pressure reduction, the introduction of water reuse and the installation of water management devices.

"The City of Cape Town has no legal power to supply farmers with more water".

Already the agricultural sector has used 90% of its allocation, meaning a significantly decreased demand on the Western Cape supply system. Pastor Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng has said the best way to help drought-stricken Cape Town would be to start a 90-day prayer serviceā€š while evangelist Angus Buchan - who promised a year ago that the dams would be full by March - said earlier this week that Capetonians needed to repent before it would rain.

"Our concern is the 174.7-million cubic metres allocated to us, and whether the national minister will ensure we get it", he said.

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As a result, sport in South Africa is suffering.

Although the high cost of desalination has led the city to focus its attention on groundwater extractions, Neilson says the City of Cape Town is looking at acquiring a large-scale desalination plant to improve the city's water resilience.

The Cape Flats aquifer is on track while the Atlantis aquifer is already producing 5 million litres a day.

Maimane said he was confident the City can defeat Day Zero and thanked residents for assisting in "creative and inspiring ways".

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