Cape Town - Level 6 water
restrictions are officially in place since 1 January 2018, across the Western Cape.
The City of Cape Town
says the implementation of the latest water restrictions for the Western
Cape water supply system follows the directive by the National Department of
Water and Sanitation requiring urban users to reduce their water usage by 45%,
and agricultural users to reduce consumption by 60%.
“If water usage is kept at 87 litres per person
per day for essential indoor usage only then there should be no reason for any
spike in consumption, whether it is hot or cold.
daily water usage limit will remain at 87 litres per person per day, wherever
you are, unless targets continue to be missed as is currently the case. We
would then consider lowering usage targets further in an effort to adhere to
these new restrictions and also to avoid Day Zero when most of our taps will
run dry,’ says the City
And while the City acknowledges that there are many super water savers in Cape Town, some 200 000 households are using more than 10 500 litres per month (more than 350 litres per day) which is simply far too high.
Clampdown on outdoor borehole use
The enhanced water restrictions also encourage a more sustainable use of borehole water as a precious resource.
"Level 6 discourages
the use of borehole water for outdoor purposes in order to preserve groundwater
"If we lower our water usage and the City
keeps on working hard to make additional water supply available, we can avoid
Day Zero, but only if we work together. There are so many water users who have
done a superb job to cut their water usage. Those who have not done so continue
to place us all in danger," says the City.
South African Tourism urges water-wise holidaymakers
dam levels continue to drop and the water crisis worsens, South African Tourism
has urges holidaymakers and locals alike to use water sparingly and responsibly.
is a serious cause for concern, said South African Tourism’s Chief Executive
Officer, Sisa Ntshona. He said: “We know that this is peak holiday season in
the Cape, but want to send out an urgent appeal to tourism and hospitality
businesses, as well as holidaymakers, to conserve water wherever possible. The
situation has reached critical proportions and we cannot afford to ignore it.”
urged those in Cape Town and Beaufort West to be extra–vigilant when using
water during this severe drought. Water is a precious resource and we urge all
holidaymakers, as they make their way to various tourism destinations across
the country, to be vigilant and water-wise.”
African Tourism echoed the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s call to
enjoy and respect’, marking the need for sustainable tourism as a catalyst for
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Africa has a variety of tourism offerings across its nine provinces. With ample
value-for-money attractions spread around the country, holidaymakers are
encouraged to explore more of the country. For more details of various packages
available, visit www.shotleft.co.za," says Ntoshona.
Chief Executive Officer of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy says “It’s
imperative, especially at this time when we welcome visitors to our city, that
saving water becomes our primary message and action; this focus on
responsibility regarding our resources is what will ensure the long-term
longevity and sustainability of the industry, for the benefit of locals and
You can save and recycle
water through the following measures:
two-minute showers instead of water-heavy baths;
shower and basin water and use it to flush toilets, wash cars and water the
toilets only when necessary;
not run the tap while shaving, brushing teeth or washing hands;
until you have a full load before running your washing machine;
· Fix any
water leaks (including dripping taps) on your property.
would like to issue a special appeal to all tourists, businesses and local
residents to embrace the principle of responsible tourism. These are
practices that have minimal negative impact on society and the environment so
that we can all enjoy our country responsibly this festive season,” says
on how to use greywater efficiently are available on the City of Cape Town’s website.
Calculate your daily water usage by using the city’s water calculator.
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