The DOC, headed by water expert Richard Bosman, will be responsible for executing the city's Water Disaster Plan designed for Day Zero when dams supplying water to the city run dry, water taps are switched off and residents have to collect water at designated points, the city said in a notice.
Reportedly, entrepreneurs with plastic bottles are collecting free water from streams around the city and selling it on to others in the city.
"The Commission will accordingly‚ in the exercise of its Constitutional mandate and as guardian of the Bill of Rights‚ not register complaints received in regard to this issue; but will instead focus on obtaining the information required by the people of Cape Town‚ providing support to government to ensure its state of readiness should Day Zero be reached‚" the SAHRC said.
"The main part of that plan‚ which requires the co-operation of all residents and businesses‚ is to make the current supply of water last for as long as possible - hence the water restrictions‚" human rights watchdog said. Water tankers would be used to deliver water to vulnerable groups such as old age homes and care facilities.
If we want this Disaster Plan to be adopted with as little risk and inconvenience as possible, we have to look at the local context of each water distribution point.We need to build flexibility into the way each individual point is managed.
"This crisis will demand a whole of society approach, where we all pull together to get through this", the city said in a statement that acknowledged "panic" among residents fretting over the possible difficulties ahead.
No one would be turned away from the collection points.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) had confirmed that they would assist the city to secure collection points.
"We are busy categorising the water collection points in terms of high risk, medium risk, and low risk and the deployment of security staff to these sites will be aligned to this rating".
"Every possible contingency is being considered and we will continuously evaluate and fine-tune these measures in the lead up to Day Zero and in the days that follow".
She said Balzer was a member of the City of Cape Town water resilience task team and there were numerous collaborations between the three tiers of government on how to tackle the crisis.
The City will hold weekly media briefing sessions at the Disaster Operations Centre to ensure that we are able to address the many concerns the public have about the Disaster Plan and Day Zero.
The city urged all Capetonians to join in the effort to bring individual consumption down to 50 litres a day so as to avoid running out of water. On Sunday, the ANC's provincial branch said the "Day Zero" warning was an opposition gimmick to drum up a sense of "gloom and doom" and suggested its own solutions, including reductions in production by brewers and soft drink companies.