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

  1. 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.
  2. Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily.
  3. Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet.
  4. Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run.
  5. Limit your showers to under 90 seconds, and avoid bathing.
  6. Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
  7. 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.
  8. Take a dip in the ocean and tidal pools instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower.
  9. If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. Just make sure you only run it when it is full.
  10. Use this nifty calculator to make sure you’re helping to save water.


For more information visit capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.