The city of Cape Town has reported that all of the Western Cape’s water reservoirs are sitting at just under 30% of their capacity. The city officials anticipate that “Day Zero”, the day water finally runs out will be the 12th of April.
The plight of the drought
This severe water shortage is a direct effect of a climate phenomenon known as the El Nino Southern Oscillation. The second cause of this drought is also the rapid growth of population in the region. It is estimated that there are 6.5 million people living in the Western Cape and this is growing at 2.3% rate a year. Over time, this population growth has increasingly put a strain on the water resources available, therefore depleting the water resources currently available. Due to the water crisis in the Western Cape, we are unfortunately unable to fill our pool with municipal water.
If you are planning to visit the Western Cape, use water sparingly during your holiday. Help save water in order to support eco-tourism. Most hotels, restaurant and services have implemented water saving measure to counter the anticipated “Day Zero”. Save water, every drop counts.
Tips on saving water:
Shower Bucket or shower in pairs
Turn off the tap when soaping during a shower
Use a glass when brushing your teeth
Turn off the tap while washing your hands
If it’s yellow, let it mellow, flush the toilet when necessary
Ensure all taps are closed securely
Remember to “save like a local”