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Water Files: Businesses must have action plan for Day Zero

With the news that Day Zero has been pushed back again, this week's Wednesday Water Files look at how businesses can continue to operate during the water crisis.

On Tuesday the City of Cape Town announced that water saving efforts had led to Day Zero being pushed back by almost a month, from 4 June to 9 July.

Water Stewardship Programme Manager at WWF South Africa, Klaudia Schachtschneider says businesses must communicate with staff to ensure that everyone is pulling towards a similar goal.

She says employees need to be kept in the loop so they can be prepared for the taps being turned off.

Read: WWF Water Files: Power of pulling together

From an employee point of view, let's actually start asking questions of management. What are we doing for Day Zero? Do we know if we can keep our doors open in a Day Zero scenario? Are we able to deal with the punitive tariffs? How are we actually going to deal with all of this? What have management done to be prepared?

Klaudia Schachtschneider, Water Stewardship Programme Manager at WWF

Management and owners have the opportunity to really lead the way forward and communicate to staff about water saving efforts and how that fits in the job scenario.

Klaudia Schachtschneider, Water Stewardship Programme Manager at WWF

Schachtschneider says for the sake of the economy, managers and owners need to ensure they have a clear Business Continuity Plan.

To hear the rest of this interview, listen below:


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