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The statement, published in the official government gazette, means that the national government is now responsible for tackling the issue and ensuring relief efforts.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said after re-evaluating the magnitude and severity of the drought that it had reclassified it as a "national disaster".

Thanks to poor rains over the last three years, the city is in the throes of a severe water crisis, looking at a possibility of "Day Zero" approaching soon.

In another tweet, he revealed the average water use in Cape Town, a city of about four million people, was below 550 million litres.

That's enough for a very short shower and just one flush of the toilet when other needs - including just one load of the washing machine a week - are taken into account.

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In its most recent data (2014), the FAO said 45 countries were experiencing water shortages, defined as less than a thousand cubic meters (1 million liters) per person a year.

"If we keep consumption this low for the weeks and months to come, we will defeat "Day Zero" in 2018", said Maimane, whose party runs the Cape Town municipality-and the wider region.

On Tuesday, the predicted date for "Day Zero" was pushed back to June 4 after consumption cuts.

Fearing it could be the first modern city to go water-less, Cape Town has implemented level 6 water restrictions to be followed by all.

There is a very real chance that Cape Town will simply run out of water.

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