Articles by Patricia de Lille


Mayor reads riot act to high users

On Sunday I accompanied the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department as part of ongoing efforts to restrict households who, despite warnings and appeals to reduce water usage, are still using excessive amounts of…


Recent rain pushes back Day Zero

On Tuesday, Day Zero was arrested because of unusual summer rains. However, if this week’s consumption trend continues, it poses a great danger of bringing Day Zero forward. The unseasonal rain has saved Day Zero this…



Day Zero brought closer

Today, as part of my commitment to communicate with residents and manage the drought, we are launching a new weekly water dashboard which will tell us how we’re all doing in our efforts to avoid Day…


City steps up water testing

The city of Cape Town is experiencing a persistent drought that has seen our dam storage levels drop to an unprecedented low. This week, dam storage levels further declined to 36,2%. Only 26,2% of that water is…