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If CT dam levels go below 13.5% taps will be turned off

The Western Cape’s average dam level is at just over 36%.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille unveiled one of 200 water distribution stations to be set up across the city. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille has demonstrated exactly what would happen when Cape Town runs out of municipal water.

De Lille on Thursday announced "day zero" has been pushed back from March to May due to water savings and new water sources.

The province's average dam level is at just over 36%.

''Day zero'' could be even further away if Capetonians stick to using less than 87 litres of water per person per day.

De Lille says the city will turn off the taps when dam levels reach about 13%.

“We have calculated that our dam levels must at least be at 13.5% and if our dam levels go below 13.5% that is the day we will turn off the taps.”

The mayor says if ''day zero'' becomes a reality, residents will have to collect water from about 200 sites across Cape Town where they'll receive 25 litres of water per person.

The city's working on an estimation of up to 20,000 litres people per site daily.