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SAHRC calls on Capetonians to adhere to water restrictions

Day Zero, the day taps are expected to run dry, has been moved up to the 12 April after residents showed little decrease in their water consumption.

Cape Town residents fill up 5 litre containers throughout the night as they scramble to stock up before Day Zero. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN– The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has appealed to Cape Town residents to stick to water restrictions implemented by local government, as Day Zero fast approaches.

Day Zero, the day taps are expected to run dry, has been moved up to the 12 April after residents showed little decrease in their water consumption.

The City of Cape Town has set a restriction of a maximum of 50 litres of water per day per person.

The commission's Gushwell Brookes says: “We appeal to people, because it will take everyone’s efforts to deal with this issue, to stick to the current water restrictions, so we can try delay Day Zero as much as possible.”

Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed most Capetonians still exceed the daily limit of 87 litres of water per person per day and soon that could cost them and that council will vote to introduce Level 6B water restrictions which will reduce the target to 50 litres per day.  This is what 50 litres per day means.