Cape Town is experiencing severe water restrictions

Severe drought and insufficient winter rains mean that radical action is required

The situation has reached a critical stage. We all need to ensure we play our part in conserving what remains of this precious resource.

• Water is limited to 50 litres (13 gallons) per person per day


Teewaterskloof Dam – The biggest dam water resource for Cape Town – almost empty!

This is how you can help

– Try to follow the water-saving tips given by your hotel
– No bathing (some hotels have removed the bath plugs)
– Take 2 minute showers only, switching water off in between to soap up or apply shampoo
– Use the bucket provided to catch the shower water
– Switch off the tap while brushing your teeth

How this will affect your stay

  • How this will affect your stay
  • Some swimming pools will not in operation
  • Jacuzzis/hot tubs will not be functioning
  • Irrigation systems which use Municipal Water will not be allowed to be used
  • Gardens might not be looking lush and green, but rather the grass might be yellow with fewer plants & flowers
  • Restaurants will have exchanged cloth napkins for paper ones etc
  • Some shopping malls have installed waterless hand sanitizers

See how quickly it adds up!   (1 gallon = 3.8 litres)

– 5-minute shower: 10 gallons (38L)
– Brushing teeth with tap running: 2 gallons/min (7.6L per min)
– Brushing teeth with tap off: .25 gallon (0.95L)
– One toilet flush: 3 gallons (11.4L)
– Other water use (drinking, cooking, etc.): 7 gallons (26.6L)
– Washing machine: 40 gallons (152L)
– Dishwasher: 10 gallons (38L) 

We recommend you purchase water for drinking purposes however it is still safe to use municipal water for cooking and boiling

Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Given that Cape Town and the Winelands is usually only 3 or 4 nights of a two week trip, we hope that you can assist us with reducing your water consumption. And to accept some restrictions which may affect your enjoyment in a small way.

For more information, read this link to the City of Cape Town’s website
Water Restrictions – FAQs

Teewaterskloof Dam – One of Cape Town’s primary sources of water

Read this article in the NEW YORK TIMES


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