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Cape Town's 'Day Zero' ⚠ pushed back amid decline 👀 in agricultural water use


Cape Town officials pushed back their projections for "Day Zero" the day the South African city's taps are expected to run dry from April 16 to May 11, citing a decline in agricultural water use.

Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement on Monday that the agricultural sector, which uses the same supply system the city draws its water from, has used its allotment resulting in a drop over the coming weeks.

Experts are keeping a close eye on daily consumption in a desperate bid to avoid the disaster, warning residents tempted to ignore measures that they face fines and the installation of water-management meters if they do not comply.

"This is a welcome decline in water usage and gives Cape Town and some of the other municipalities hope but importantly, we need to get our consumption down to 450 million litres per day to prevent the remaining water supplies running out before the arrival of winter rains.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, long-term climate models indicate a significant drying trend will continue across western portions of South Africa, possibly reducing annual rainfall by up to 40%.

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