Cape Town authorities push back Day Zero to 4 June

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Authorities in South Africa’s Cape Town have pushed back the day they project the city will completely run out of water to 4 June from 11 May.

The deputy mayor of the city has credited this move to the residents’ water saving efforts.

The authorities last month announced that residents would only be allowed to use 50 litres daily from February in a bid to save the city from running dry sooner.

“The city has reached a point of no return,” Mayor Patricia de Lille said.

“We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them,” she said at a press conference.

Cape Town authorities had earlier in the year banned car washing and filling up of swimming pools as part of efforts to conserve water.

Businesses in the hospitality industry also say they are trying to help, limiting showers to two minutes and using water used for washing dishes and clothes to water gardens.

Much of southern Africa has been recovering from a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, following heavy summer rains.

However, Cape Town is still gripped by a drought and has had very low rainfall for the last three years.