An update on the water situation in and around Cape Town

February 05 2018

Cape Town is currently experiencing a drought so the national and municipal governments have devised a plan of action to cope with the lower than expected rainfall over the rainy season. As of 1 January 2018, level 6 water restrictions have been implemented. These are aimed directly at businesses and corporates who are mandated to cut their consumption by 45% from 2015 levels (or face enormous fines). No mean feat! Mid to longer term plans include desalination plants to supplement the dam supplies.

The core message from the provincial and city entities is that business is very much open as usual for tourists and visitors over the peak travel period. There are certain measures in place in hotels and guesthouses to help reduce water consumption which may vary from establishment to establishment, and may include:

  • Bath plugs available on request to discourage bathing.
  • Reduced water pressure in showers.
  • Notices encouraging guests to save water and how they can do this, such as turning off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Some hotels have also taken additional steps by closing their swimming pools until the situation improves.

We are keeping abreast of the situation and will update as we have further information. The situation is changing daily so we will endeavor to keep all our clients, who are preparing to travel to Cape Town over the coming months, up to date with the latest news as we receive it.

We have put together a comprehensive information sheet that will hopefully answer some of your questions.

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