The City of Cape Town has warned that it will not be easy to manage anticipated long queues at about 200 water collection points around the city when taps run dry on the 12th of April.

The SA National Defence Force ( SANDF) and police officials will be called in to help manage congestion at the points.

Reports say first-aid and emergency personnel will also be deployed and non-essential departments will make staff available to work at the collection sites.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Social Services, Security, JP Smith, says Day Zero can still be avoided.

“The most powerful thing we can do to prevent it is to save water. I urge everybody to do absolutely everything they can now to save water. You’ll see this week, we started enforcement blitzes to ensure that we do not end up having to que for water. It’s a very undesirable outcome and will be extremely unpleasant to manage. That said I can tell you that if it does happen we are capable of managing it. We will do so competently and will manage the situation. There will be 200 collection points around the city,” said Smith.

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