#EveryDropCounts: #DayZero pushed back to July 9

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Cape Town pushed back the predicted "Day Zero" for the fourth time.

A Cape Town resident fills up a 5 litre bottle as Capetonians prepare for Day Zero, the day the taps run dry. These checkpoints will limit people from taking more than 25 liters each.

The pushing back of the date was largely due to a lower drop in water levels in the city's supply dams, as well as a reduction in average daily collective consumption to 523 million litres.

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 - a month later than last forecast.

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"The Groenland water transfer and the reduction in our weekly average demand has had a dramatic impact on the Day Zero date, which is determined by assuming that the fortnightly trend of weekly dam storage change will continue unchanged", deputy mayor Ian Neilson said. Neilson explained that reaching this target is imperative for the city to make it to the winter rains before Day Zero arrives.

The Sunshine Tour has committed itself, during this, the week of the Cape Town Open, to use less water in an effort to assist the City of Cape Town and the citizens in their endeavours to save the scarce resource.

Because of the testing nature of the sport, efforts to reduce the consumption of bottled water throughout the tournament week have been made, which include trucking in 700 cases of bottled water from Gauteng for player hydration and operational areas and thus effecting no further stress on local resources.

The Western Cape is now experiencing its worst drought in 100 years.

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