Cape Town Water Update
We aim to bring you all the updates from the Western Cape regarding the current drought affecting Cape Town, There is a lot of information and misinformation in the international press, so we hope this consolidation of news helps you with the information you need to know.
Currently Cape Town is on a course to a date called DayZero, this is when residential taps will be turned off and residents will need to queue to receive water. The government have made it very clear that schools, hospitals, businesses and tourism establishments will need to conserve water but services will be delivered.
Multiple hotels across the Western Cape have established their own water supplies through desalination plants – The Tsogo Sun group will have their desalination plant up and running in 3 weeks time, The Mount Nelson receives water from a spring that runs through their property and many other hotel groups have similar strategies in place.
The Groenland Water Association which supplies water to farmers in the province has released 10 billion (Yes BILLION) Litres of water into the catchment dams for Cape Town, and in the process has pushed DayZero into the Cape rainy season which should further push the day further, closer to the time.
Various other desalination plants and Aquifiers will come online in the next 2 months, supplying water to business and hotels across the city
Various Municipalities, including Stellenbosch in the Western Cape have augmented their own water supplies and in the process have disconnected from the Cape Town water system thus easing the burden on the city’s water system
There have been some reports that have said international visitors to Cape Town have been putting strain on the city’s water supply, This is categorically not correct as international visitors only make up 1% of the population of Cape Town, As seen in the video below the money spent in Cape Town has a far better impact on the drought than staying away from the city
The interview is with with the Deputy chair of the Tourism Business Council of SA and COO of Tsogo Sun Ravi Nadasen.
National government are declaring the drought a National Disaster, while this is very serious, it is good news as national funding for water augmentation projects can now be made available to Cape Town which will assist in alleviating the crisis.
So while there is a serious drought in Cape Town and we ask all our clients to save water where they can whilst here, We must reiterate Cape Town is open for business and your group, convention or individual travel will be as enjoyable as any other time you choose to visit.