During peak season (November – January) international tourists only add 1% to the population of the Western Cape. This number drops from April – September. If the tourists follow the daily usage guideline the impact would therefore be negligible. The tourism sector supports approximately 300 000 much needed jobs across the Western Cape. It is vital to preserve these jobs. Travellers can also put their water use to good use when visiting by going to www.mywaterfootprint.capetown and supporting local water projects.
The drought and resultant water restrictions are mostly limited to parts of the Western Cape – particularly the City of Cape Town and some surrounding areas. Nearby regions such as the Cape Overberg and the Garden Route are less impacted by water restrictions. It’s important to remember that South Africa in general is a water-scarce country.
At present, tourists will be able to shower and maintain daily hygiene. The majority of tourism establishments have put in place measures to ensure their water usage is reduced, and many have developed plans for alternative supplies. Recommended guidelines suggest a shower of 90 seconds. The use of baths is entirely discouraged. Some swimming pools at hotels have been converted to salt (ocean) water.
Yes, very much so. Many parts of the hospitality industry have proactively implemented water savings and water augmentation solutions to ensure ongoing availability of water in their establishments. Restaurants and bars are required to adhere to the water restrictions but have not, to date, been negatively affected.
Relative to households and industry, tourist use very little water simply because they make up such a small part of the total population of the Western Cape and therefor will have a very small impact on the water resources. International tourists only add up to around 1% to the population at peak season and domestic tourists add another 2%. Visit www.mywaterfootprint.capetown and put your water use to good use when visiting. Offset your water use and support local water projects while you enjoy our inspiring destination.
Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, along with the hotels and conference venues, are working together to help conferences taking place to reduce their water consumption footprint. Conference organisers are welcome to contact the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org if they require assistance in achieving this.
The water restrictions imposed by the City of Cape Town have included a reduction of water consumption by businesses of 45% from their 2015 water consumption levels. Tariffs are charged to businesses that are not compliant.
Accommodation establishments are investigating many different ways to reduce their water consumption of municipal water, such initiatives include boreholes, desalination, water tanks for rainfall collection, greywater systems to re-use water for e.g. flushing of toilets etc. All these help reduce the pressure on the municipal water system.
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