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The City of Cape Town’s agreement with its water users aims to bring collective usage down to 450 million litres per day. This requires individual water users to stay within a daily allocation of 50 litres per day to avoid the possibility of Day Zero. Read more below:

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, we will be testing and preparing the following supply zones for the implementation of pressure management:

· Delft area which is bounded by Stellenbosch Arterial to the north, Sheffield Road to the west, the R300 to the east and the N2 to the south. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Epping Industrial 1 and 2 areas, bounded by Viking Way to the north, Jan Smuts Drive to the west, by Valhalla Drive to the east. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Brooklyn area which is bounded by Boundary and Sable roads to the north, the N1 to the east and south. The work is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Woodstock and Salt River areas which are bounded by Strand Road to the north, Nelson Road to the west, Albert Road and Liesbeek Parkway to the east and Alma Road to the south. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course. Affected areas are requested not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water as the service interruptions are not expected to be in effect for long periods.

‘The City thanks its residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regrets any inconvenience this pressure management work will cause but it is absolutely vital that we do try everything in our power to stretch our water supplies.

‘Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces the risk of leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that reduce stress on the infrastructure.

‘We are doing absolutely everything in our power to help Team Cape Town to avoid Day Zero. We must lower consumption otherwise we will reach Day Zero.

‘We have identified at least 25 areas across the city that could benefit from this technology. Further implementation will be rolled out over the next few months and contractors have been brought in to speed up the programme,’ said Peter Flower, the City of Cape Town’s Director for Water and Sanitation.

At all times careful consideration is being given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected areas. Roll-outs to other parts of the metro will be communicated in due course.

Please keep all taps closed and store 5 to10 litres of water for essential purposes during this time. Do not store an excessive amount of municipal water.

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