Cape Town's 'day zero' brought forward by a month

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File: Officials said that last week water usage rose to 641-million litres per day.

File: Officials said that last week water usage rose to 641-million litres per day.

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File: Officials said that last week water usage rose to 641-million litres per day.

File: Officials said that last week water usage rose to 641-million litres per day.

CAPE TOWN - Excessive water usage by Cape Town residents has prompted officials to warn that "day zero" could be as early as 18 March 2018.

The day signals when taps are estimated to run dry and residents will have to queue at designated sites for water.

It was originally set for 29 April.

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Officials said that last week water usage rose to 641-million litres per day.

They say only 34 percent of residents are saving water.

The City of Cape Town plans to roll out 40,000 water management devices from January to households that are ignoring water restrictions.