THE LATEST ABOUT WATER IN CAPE TOWN – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
From breathtakingly beautiful mountains to extraordinary ocean views, there’s no shortage of things-to-do in the Mother City. No wonder this extraordinary city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, last year travellers were left high and dry after the City of Cape Town announced one of the world’s most desirable destinations is about to be left without water. The news of the water shortage and dreaded 'Day Zero' led to a time of uncertainty for Cape Town Tourism. But after astonishing commitment and involvement from all sectors - government, agriculture, tourism, businesses, and from the citizens of Cape Town - things are looking up for the Cape Town tourism industry. Here’s everything you need to know about the current water situation in Cape Town:
- Current dam levels in Cape Town are just under 60%. In August 2017, the water levels in the Cape Town dams stood at 32.5%
- This year towards the end of May, Cape Town’s first temporary desalination plant came online in Strandfontein, where three million litres of water a day is currently being pumped into the city’s water supply. The plan is for the plant to produce up to seven million litres of water daily.
- With multiple campaigns and awareness programs about the precious resource, citizens, businesses and the government managed to lower the use of water with an estimated 60% during the first half of 2018. This meant the water usage went from 1.2-billion litres to a maximum of 550-million litres per day in a matter of months.
- Although hotel and guesthouse bookings dropped at the beginning of this year, the current water solutions are causing the number of tourists travelling to Cape Town to pick up once again.
- The hotel industry is assisting with the water situation by finding different solutions to maintaining their swimming pools. They have also installed boreholes and started using seawater for air-conditioning.
- To avoid 'Day Zero', Cape Town has worked hard on creating strong relationships and implement systems that will protect the city from running out of water. The Mother City is making its way through the drought and is determined to welcome tourist from around the world to visit this extraordinary destination as per usual.
- With a series of water saving campaigns, Cape Town has managed to change the world tourist industry for the better and has become the leaders of “responsible tourism” and “resilience”.
Tourists can now have the complete confidence to known that Cape Town has the ability to manage and overcome a water shortage situation. In essence, tourists around the world are looking to have a more positive impact on their environment. With everyday guidelines and plausible solutions in place, Cape Town remains one of the most remarkable tourist destinations in the world. If you haven’t been to the Mother City yet, it’s time to pack your bags and book your flight.