Following the announcement by Western Cape government that Day Zero had been pushed back to May, the City of Cape Town was quick to ascertain the achievement was in great part due to the contribution of farmers in the area surrounding Cape Town.
AgriSA says farmers have cut their water use by between 60% and 80% in order to aid Cape Town in staving-off Day Zero further.
AgriSA’s Carl Opperman says: “Day Zero wasn’t pushed back because agriculture’s water allocation is depleted. Agriculture reduced water allocation by 60-87% months ago.”
Cape Town needs to save 100 million litres more per day to avoid Day Zero according to city sources.
Cape Town’s average dam level is 25.5% and last week’s consumption average was 547 million litres per day.
On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said that Day Zero has been pushed back because agricultural water usage declined by almost a third.
The good news had little to do with water saving in Cape Town, which is still not close to the required average of 450 million litres per day needed to beat Day Zero.
Neilson added that the city is aggressively reducing the water pressure to stretch supplies and introducing heightened water tariffs to curb water usage in households.