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"The Groenland water transfer and the reduction in our weekly average
demand has had a dramatic impact on the 'Day Zero' date," said deputy
mayor Ian Neilson in a statement, referring to a recent transfer of
water from a region that had experienced good rains to South Africa's
parched second city. "Today I urge the residents of Cape Town not
to ease up on their water-saving efforts. We cannot afford to slow
down when the estimated 'Day Zero' date moves out, simply because
we cannot accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come."
Every day the city uses more than 450 million litres, "Day Zero"
becomes more likely. In the past week, city-wide consumption stood
at an average of 523 million litres daily. The previous forecast
for "Day Zero" was June 4. The city has published a name-and-shame
list of the worst water offenders in Cape Town, and it says it is
issuing fines for the heaviest water users. But officials have been
criticised for failing to implement usage restrictions sooner, and
ccused of ignoring warnings by experts in the years before the drought.
Strong summer rains saw much of southern Africa recover from a drought
induced by the El Nino weather phenomenon. But Mediterranean-like
Cape Town receives most of its rain in the southern hemisphere's winter
-- and scientists warn there is no guarantee of a good rainy season.