Cape Town hotel guest urged not to flush toilets

08 February, 2018, 00:12 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Residents queue to fill containers with water from a source of natural spring water in Cape Town South Africa. Bram Janssen  AP

Residents don't seem to have been abiding by the restrictions.

The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016.

Drought conditions had South Africa's Cape Town poised to run out of water by April, but donations from farmers may have bought the city some time. And if they don't stick to that limit the taps will be switched off on the 11th of May - a date that's become known locally as "Day Zero'. At the end of the day, civil society is very, very involved in politics, but something as fundamental as water, I haven't seen the activism that I believe there should be", Platt said.

Cape Town is counting down to dry taps due to severe drought. People restrict how often and how long they shower, wash clothes and flush toilets in order to conserve water. Residents using too much water will be fined.


The water was donated by the farming community from the Elgin/Grabouw valley, who first approached city officials about donating water in 2017, after experiencing healthy rainfalls.

Tourism Business Council deputy chairperson and Tsogo Sun COO Ravi Nadasen agreed that the economic impact of tourism far outweighed the "burden" of increased consumption and encouraged businesspersons and tourists to continue visiting the province, as contingency plans were in place and many measures have been undertaken to mitigate the impact of the drought. The rising population has also played a role in the declining reservoirs levels, with more than four million people now living in Cape Town. They both want the minister to guarantee she will not allocate any of the water promised to Cape Town to other municipalities or agriculture.

Although the high cost of desalination has led the city to focus its attention on groundwater extractions, Neilson says the City of Cape Town is looking at acquiring a large-scale desalination plant to improve the city's water resilience. Rain has not been here since last three years.

The negative impact of the water crisis was likely to extend to the overall growth of South Africa this year, said Old Mutual Investment Group economic strategist Rian Le Roux. It is the largest of five major dams supplying drinking water to the city.

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