Ian Neilson says Day Zero fears damaged City of Cape Town's brand. So what now?

The City of Cape Town says there's no longer a threat of the taps running dry in 2019.

Deputy mayor Ian Neilson has urged Capetonians to continue with their water saving efforts, despite the announcement.

Neilson says the initial prospect of Day Zero has damaged the City of Cape Town's brand.

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He adds that it is important to publicly share the improvements in order to rebuilding confidence in the City's economy.

Neilson says he foresees that the current water restrictions may be slightly relaxed at the end of the winter period.

He says the City will meet with the national Department of Water and Sanitation to discuss the current water restrictions.

We believe that we are in a position where we should start taking about phased relaxation of water restrictions to assist in economy recovery.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

For the next couple of years we will make it through. We not have the disastrous scenario of people having to queue [for water].

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

This whole thing damaged the city brand.... we have to start rebuilding confidence in the city's economy.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

Take a listen to the deputy mayor elaborate:

Meanwhile, climate scientist Dr Peter Johnston, says Day Zero can only be avoided if Cape Town residents keep cooperating with water saving.

Current dam levels in Cape Town stand at 43% as a result of the recent rainfall.

According to Dr Johnston, dam levels in Cape Town need to be at 55% - 60% by the end of the winter period.

This is a very good case of terms and conditions apply.

Dr Peter Johnston, Climate Scientist at UCT

Until the dams are at 60%, then we have to be very, very cautious.

Dr Peter Johnston, Climate Scientist at UCT

Take a listen to Dr Peter Johnston explain:


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