As of February 1st, Capetonians will be required to keep their water usage even lower in a joint effort to mitigate the effects of an incoming Day Zero.
Level 6B water restrictions will be in effect, alongside punitive water tariffs and a slight increase in the general cost of water.
The new restrictions will require residents to make due with 50 litres of water per day, per person; a limit which had not been imposed up until now, but which was being implemented by many residents during the final weeks of January.
As of today, the dams which supply water to the Mother City are sitting at around 26% having gone down 0.9% in the last month, according to deputy Mayor Ian Nielson.
As a collective, residents will have to aim for a consumption target of 450 million litres a day, as the city’s priority has been pushed towards “defeating day zero”, as opposed to nullifying it by relying on alternative water reticulation methods.
Cape Town will see these restrictions in place for a minimum of 4 months.