Day Zero has been pushed back to June 4 as water usage in the city reached a record low.

Dam levels in the Western Cape are currently at 24.9% with only a slight chance of light rain with the change in season.

This crucial low means that dam storage will be at 13.5%. This is when the city will turn off most taps, leaving only vital services with access to water.

Things Tourists can do to save water

  1. Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving and contingency plans in place. Make sure you call and ask before booking, so you know exactly what to expect.
  2. Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily.
  3. Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush use between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet.
  4. Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run.
  5. Limit your showers to under 90 seconds, and avoid bathing.
  6. Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
  7. Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry, or make use of water-wise laundry services such as Green Planet Laundry.
  8. Take a dip in the ocean and tidal pools instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower.
  9. If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. Just make sure you only run it when it is full.
  10. Use this water usage calculator to make sure you’re helping to save water.

Things Capetonians can do to save water

  1. The bucket system is and always will be a winner. When showering, catch all your grey water in a bucket and use it immediately to water the garden. Do not store it for too long as it will start to smell.
  2. When using the restroom, use your grey water to flush the toilet and use hand sanitiser to cleanse your hands.
  3. When washing the dishes, use a kettle of boiling water along with some cold water. This will keep the water warmer longer and kill germs quicker. You can use the same water twice.
  4. If you have to do laundry, catch the water to use for flushing or even cleaning around the house or washing a car as this water is not really dirty.
  5. Wear it twice. For clothing items such as t-shirts, shirts and pants, simply mix some staysoft and water in a spray bottle, and squirt on to clothing items. Hang them on the washing line to get some fresh air and they will be ready to wear in a few minutes – smelling fresh.
  6. Let the yellow mellow at home, work, school, gym, shops, etc.
  7. Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom when brushing teeth or shaving.

If we all work together, we will come out on top and put an end to the Cape Town drought. For more information on water and water fountains click here.