Officials have warned that the drought in Cape town is now a crisis and an emergency, they implore tourists to the city to still have a fantastic holiday without wasting resources, and ask that special care is taken during their visit.
Visitors to Cape Town have been asked to keep showers to two minutes, flush the toilet as little as possible and only stay in accommodation with water-saving measures in place, as the South African city struggles with one of the worst droughts in living memory.
The Cape Town tourist board has issued advice to visitors on how they can help conserve water while staying in the city.
- Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving measures in place
- Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily
- Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet
- Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run
- Limit your showers to two minutes, and avoid bathing
- Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them
- Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry
- Take a dip in the ocean instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower
- If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. just make sure you only run it when it is full
- Use this calculator to make sure you’re helping to save water
The city has also reassured visitors not to worry should their drinking water be “cloudy, slightly discoloured or tastes different during times of water restrictions”, adding: “Lower dam levels and changes in the water distribution system can lead to these temporary changes. Cape Town’s water quality is monitored continuously and all water supplied to your tap is safe to drink.”