February 13, 2018 / 11:33 AM / 6 months ago

South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back "Day Zero" to June 4

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for “Day Zero,” when residents will have to start queuing for water, to June 4 from May 11 due to a decline in water usage, the city’s deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

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

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said that over the past week, the city’s water consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres per day as residents reduce usage.

“This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the city’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible,” Neilson said in a statement.

Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by James Macharia

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