Day Zero pushed back to June as water users cut back

Day Zero pushed back to June as water users cut back

Officials previously said "Day Zero", the day the city is supposed to completely run out of water, would happen in April.

The South African authorities declared Tuesday a natural disaster throughout the country because of the historical drought that has been hitting the Cape Town area for months, threatened by a disruption of its drinking water supply.

The Democratic Alliance party says residents must stick to regulations requiring them to use fewer than 50 litres (13.2 gallons) per person daily to avoid the tap closure.

Cape Town is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year-long drought as sparse rains have failed to bring relief and dam levels have dropped dangerously low.

According to a reportby news.com.au, Cape Town, a favourite tourist destination is greeting its visitors with signs like "Don't flush this toilet", "Our taps will run dry if we don't act now" among other warning signs.

Rains over the weekend raised hopes that the situation would improve, but the downpours were neither heavy nor long enough to have an impact on the situation.

Neilson said: "If we continue to work as a team to lower our consumption to 450 million litres per day as required, we will become known as one of the most resilient cities in the world".

At the start of February, the target for personal daily water usage was slashed from 87l to 50l.

But widespread drought has gripped large parts of the south and west of South Africa.

The drought facing Cape Town is the worst in 100 years. A five-minute shower uses around 45 litres.

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