Cape Town – Water levels critically low… (Oct 2017)

So, dear tourist when you arrive in Cape Town, please be mindful of your water usage. We are an official disaster area. This is not a drill.

Following my post in August about the water situation in Cape Town, I wanted to share a post made on Facebook by a Holiday Place a few days ago.

This is a call to tourists going to Cape Town, asking to be mindful of the situation and to help save the little water that is still available. For me, this is also a call to all of us to care about the water we have, while we still have it. As they say very nicely:

Water is a finite resource and we are heading towards the wrong end of finite.

I could share it directly on Facebook, but this call goes wider than my Facebook friends list — read their post, either below or directly on their FB page, on this post: October 3 at 10:04am ·

(By the way, they mention winter as the next expected time for rain: this is Southern Hemisphere and the next rains expected in Cape Town will not be before May next year….)

Rockabye: Llandudno Beach House/Apartment Holiday Rental

Dear tourist,
The Western Cape currently finds itself in the grips of one of the worst droughts it has ever experienced. This is not a drill. We will run out of water at our current consumption rate. And you haven’t even arrived yet.
By the time you get here, any chance of rainfall pushing the dam levels up a little would have long disappeared and the long summer days will be gobbling the miniscule reserves we currently have.
Yes, plans are being made to help us reach winter without having to take extreme steps, but we have to do absolutely everything we can to preserve what we currently have. And we need your help.
Most of us have now adapted to putting buckets in our showers, sinks and just about everywhere else to catch what we can and reuse.

But you’re not here for a conservation project, are you? Don’t worry, most of your holiday will still be pleasant. Rumours of throttling the water pressure to a trickle probably won’t happen while you’re here – we’re kind to our tourists, we wouldn’t want to completely ruin your holiday.

But this is our reality. And we need your help. Water is a finite resource and we are heading towards the wrong end of finite.

Our current restrictions have us at 87l of water per person per day. Please calculate how much this is and do whatever you can to stay below this.

So, dear tourist when you arrive in Cape Town, please be mindful of your water usage. We are an official disaster area. This is not a drill.

Please keep your showers short. And for goodness sake, do not take a bath. Please restrict your flushing – if it’s yellow, let it mellow.

Please do not run the tap while brushing your teeth. Please do absolutely everything you can to conserve water. If you want to be a really good tourist, go as far as to put a bucket in your shower to save the water to flush.

Much love
Cape Town

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One response to “Cape Town – Water levels critically low… (Oct 2017)

  1. Name: cathy
    Comment: je suis vraiment surprise et très choquée de lire qu’il n’y a pas d’eau à Cap town. L’hiver se terminant !
    Que chacun prenne conscience de ce que cela génère ici ou là,
    notre terre se meurt, par notre faute.
    Time: October 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

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