Cape Town’s Water Crisis

Cape Town is currently 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 87 litres (23 gallons) per person per day

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


This article appeared in the  New York Times   

This is how you can help

– No bathing

– Short showers only, switching water off in between, and limiting to 3 minutes maximum!

– Shower with a friend!

– Switching tap off while brushing teeth


How this will affect your stay

• Some Swimming Pools will not be full or 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

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

• 5-minute shower: 10 gallons (38L)

• 5-minute power shower: 20 gallons (76L)

• 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!

For more information, read these links to the City of Cape Town’s website

Cape Town’s Water Restrictions
Water Restrictions – FAQs

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

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