'Will day zero arrive?' - Parly committee wants to know

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The charming port city of Cape Town, South Africa has long had the distinction of being one of the world's top tourist destinations.

Cape Town is home to many wealthy residents who have swimming pools and sprinkler systems, although the city does not want to play a "blame game" as lots of affluent residents are saving water, she said.

Chauke says clarity is needed around the prospect of day zero in Cape Town.

Cape Town, a top worldwide tourist destination, has both high-income oceanside neighborhoods and sprawling informal settlements.

Every year, 1.6-million people visit the province, spending close to R40-billion in the local economy. It will be pumped into city taps, and is expected to sustain visitors and residents for about 20 days. Cape Town's reservoirs have all dried up by three consecutive years of drought.

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Harris also maintained that visitors were more than welcome; however, they and their hosts should be mindful of the drought.

"We are busy diversifying the water source away from being dependent on dams", he assured.

He said he and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will meet with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane later on Wednesday to ask her to commit that amount to the City.

In late January, city officials warned that if Day Zero arrives up to two million residents will have to queue at 200 designated points around the city for a daily quota of 25 litres of water.

Water levels are seen at about 24 percent full at Voelvlei Dam, one of the regions largest water catchment dams, near Cape Town, South Africa, November 8, 2017.

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There were initiatives to limit water supply, including water throttling, water tariff hikes, pressure reduction, the introduction of water reuse and the installation of water management devices.

Ms Myburgh said the increased cost of desalinated water could also be offset by the lower cost of recycled water, especially for industry.

"Drilling at the Table Mountain aquifer began in November a year ago, and water will enter the system from later this month until June 2019, providing an approximate 50 million litres per day".

"We can avoid that possibility if we manage the demand by adhering to the restrictions and ensuring that they apply particularly to the big water users".

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