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'Water Crisis Needs Activism From Civil Society As A Whole'

'Water Crisis Needs Activism From Civil Society As A Whole'

After the closure of the dam, only 25 litres of water will be given to every person in the Cape Town. It will be pumped into city taps, and is expected to sustain visitors and residents for about 20 days.

Officials predict taps in the South African city will run out of water on May 11, in a crisis that has brought to the fore the effects of climate change across the world.

Dam levels now stand at 25.5%, and while the city's consumption has fallen in the past week, it still remains higher than the target of 450-million litres per day, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at a press briefing earlier on Wednesday.

The water was donated by the farming community from the Elgin/Grabouw valley, who first approached city officials about donating water in 2017, after experiencing healthy rainfalls.

"Many residents in the city aren't able to afford bottled water or containers. At the end of the day, civil society is very, very involved in politics, but something as fundamental as water, I haven't seen the activism that I believe there should be", Platt said.

Leaders from the Southern African Tourism Services Association, South African Tourism, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa and Wesgro on Wednesday warned that the dwindling tourism numbers and the impact on Cape Town and the rest of the country were significant and should not be brushed aside.

He's told the Water and Sanitation Committee that this is only possible if the city reduces its water supply to 450 million litres a day.

"Everyone is taking as many steps and measures that they possibly can to try and make sure we don't reach Day Zero", said Gabrielle Bolton, spokeswoman for the five-star Belmond Mount Nelson hotel.

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

Although the high cost of desalination has led the city to focus its attention on groundwater extractions, Neilson says the City of Cape Town is looking at acquiring a large-scale desalination plant to improve the city's water resilience.

He said that the agricultural sector had used about 90% of its allocation and so the demand on the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) "will drop significantly, if not altogether". "The current situation in Cape Town is going to become the new normal".

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb as fears over the city's water crisis grow in Cape Town January 25, 2018.

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