Water-wise tips for tourists visiting drought-stricken Western Cape
Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history, which has led to a serious water scarcity. The region is severely water-stressed, and this has an impact on both locals and tourists. We need you to save like a local, and keep your usage to under 50 litres per day.
Take a look at our comprehensive article about water saving, including FAQs, water tips, and an explanation of Day Zero here: www.capetown.travel/visitors/plan/save-like-a-local-how-visitors-can-help-during-cape-towns-drought
How to save water when you visit Cape Town
- Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving and contingency plans in place. Make sure you call and ask before booking, so you know exactly what to expect.
- 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 under 90 seconds, 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, or make use of water-wise laundry services such as Green Planet Laundry.
- Take a dip in the ocean and tidal pools 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 nifty calculator to make sure you’re helping to save water.
For more information visit capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.