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Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

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Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

I have read about about Cape Town having water restictions, is it having an effect on tourists?

I saw that some hotels/guest houses are removing sink plugs from baths to encourage shower use.

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1. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

The drought is very severe and not much water left in the dams. not quite sure how the hotels are coping but we live here and its down to less than 400 litres per person per day Showers are only taken once week and all water saved for grey water use Baths are filled with warmed rain water that's been collected ... We are getting light showers every so often but not nearly enough . we collect all our ran water and only use the tap water for cooking. But do come to visit just be aware of the situation and go carefully with water usage

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2. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

The situation in Capetown is very serious.

Showers generally use less water than baths, and are more hygienic, anyway :)

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3. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Cape Town really has big water problems and spring is around the corner with the winter rains being light.

Hotels should remove all the plugs, ask you to flush only when necessary, collect the water from your showers in a bucket.

I really worry about the situation in 6 months time, as tourists we should do our best to save water whenever possible when in Cape Town.

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4. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Is it only effecting Cape Town or the other cities as well i.e. Hermanus, Stellenbosch, etc... ?

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5. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Cape Town is the worst affected. I know Hermanus isn't too bad at the moment and doesn't have restrictions.

I think Stellenbosch is the same.

Have a look at photos of the Theewaterskloof Dam, which is one of the main dams that feeds Cape Town. It is shocking!

But who knows what will happen in a few months. I saw that the flower show at Clanwilliam had been cancelled this year due to the drought.

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6. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Oh wow it does look very serious. Also not much rain seen in the weather forecast. I hope the situation get resolved very very soon.

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7. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Sorry - what you on about?

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8. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Removing bath plugs . . . . . .

Modern baths don't have loose plugs any longer.

Tourism industry is not affected by the water shortage. You may be asked to save water during baths or showers, but that is voluntary. Don't let this change your holiday plans.

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9. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

They can be unscrewed.

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10. Re: Water problems (shortage) effecting tourism?

Gerald

We agree again today! It shouldn't stop anyone from coming but I am hoping that accommodation establishments are asking people to help to save water, every little bit helps as they say! Taking a shower instead of a bath is one such way.

Tourism is extremely important to Cape Town but there is no doubt that your drought and the low winter rains this year are serious. I'm hoping that it keeps on raining into the spring and I did see a photo of snow on the mountains in Worcester today

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