Day zero pushed back to Cape Town's rainy season

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The country, however, has declared the drought a national disaster, BBC reported.

Officials say that there will be a day when the city would be forced to turn off its taps, and people will have to queue up for water.

The City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced that Day Zero, when the city's taps run dry, has been pushed back to June 4 from May 11.

But thanks to water saving measures, that date has been pushed to June 4.

Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel's Ati's statements on the drought crisis in Cape Town during a TV program was meant to be a wake-up call to the whole world, the ministry's spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

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Capetonians have managed to reduce their collective water usage to 526 million litres per day. This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the City's pressure management interventions and the efforts by residents to use as little water as possible.

Police are already guarding Cape Town's Newlands Spring.

To meet the challenge, residents have been storing water in jugs and collecting free water from local breweries. The 50 litre limit is just enough for a very short shower and one flush of the toilet a day when other needs - including just one load of the washing machine a week - are taken into account.

The government is anxious that if people can't conserve enough water to avoid the shutoff, there will be anarchy in the city, which is home to 4 million people.

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