"It must be emphasised that REDUCING CONSUMPTION NOW remains the absolute key intervention. This is the contingency measure that can be made at this stage and going forward," the city said in a statement sent to CompareGuru. "The City, in cooperation with residents and businesses, has managed to reduce consumption dramatically by approximately 400 million litres per day. This is down from about 1,2 billion litres per day for roughly the same time last year. But consumption must be lowered further."Some locals have been sceptical of the plan. The main feeling is that the municipality is relying on rains that have been unseasonably late. Others have criticised the city for not implementing stricter solutions sooner. But the City is remaining firm on implementing the restrictions.
"Those who will not reduce their consumption voluntarily will increasingly be forced to reduce consumption," the city said. "Consideration is being given to a number of short- and medium-term initiatives. These are in terms of advancing the implementation of some of the phases of the planned water augmentation schemes."The city states that it has also been focusing on leaks and water pressure issues to curb demand. But the city's press releases and statements to the public hadn't outlined much in terms of emergency procedures should the water run out.
"Other emergency interventions are under way, and if required, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply of water across the metro," the city said in one of its previous statements.We pushed harder to get a more detailed answer on the ultimate question on residents' minds.
"It is not possible to fast-track supply schemes of sufficient scale that they can act as a safety net. As such, a focused effort from all residents to save water remains of utmost importance," she said.She said that the city may bring on stream emergency schemes which will supply small volumes of water. If the worst-case scenario does happen, and we reach the last 10%, Limberg said that three steps will be taken:
"The bottom line is that we are in a water-scarce region and with significant climactic uncertainty. We must all become much more savvy with our water use. How long our water lasts hinges on residents playing their part," Limberg said.
"You should have done more than just wrung your hands until now," one Twitter user said.Others said that the water crisis was foreseen years ago, for which the city should have prepared. Our question has therefore yet to be answered! What will actually happen if the water runs out? What are your thoughts?
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