The City says Day Zero, the day residents may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July.
This is due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014).
This week’s lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam level, as well as to a further reduction in Cape Town’s weekly average demand to 523 megalitres per day (MLD) compared to 1 130 MLD in 2014.
"Today I urge the residents of Cape Town not to ease up on their water-saving efforts. We cannot afford to slow down when the estimated Day Zero date moves out, simply because we cannot accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come or when it will come.
"Last year we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we cannot assume that this year will be any different.