Drought-stricken Cape Town's Day Zero moves to July

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The city of Cape Town announced on Monday that Day Zero has now been moved to July 9, due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5 percent. He also thanked private water sources in the Groenland wine area for making more water available for public use.

Efforts to reduce the consumption of bottled water throughout the week have been made, which includes trucking in 700 cases of bottled water from Gauteng for player hydration and operational areas and thus helping further stress on local resources.

In mid-February, Day Zero was pushed back to June 4, owing to reduced water use of 529-million litres a day, which, at the time, represented the lowest daily consumption achieved to date.

The DA is now facing both a water crisis in the Cape and an internal crisis of its own as it battles factional infighting in its City of Cape Town caucus that has left Mayor Patricia de Lille out of the loop on managing the water crisis.

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

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Further, all tournament officials and players are being encouraged to wear blue on Friday to help create awareness that "Day Zero" could be a reality.

Maimane appointed City of Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson to deal with the drought management after members of the party accused de Lille of corruption.

"With everybody working together, we have been able to see that it is manageable and we can actually reach the usage target [set by the City of Cape Town], which is 550 million litres of water per day".

Meanwhile, Neilson said that the preparations for Day Zero continue as planned, along with the city's aggressive roll-out of pressure management initiatives and the installation of water management devices at the properties of high users across the metro.

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