Cape Town May Run Out of Water in Three Months
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Jan. 28, 2019 UPDATE: Cape Town currently is under Level 3 water restrictions while the city’s dams are approximately 50% full, as opposed to 27% this time last year when restriction levels reached a critical point of Level 6B. However, dryness from last year’s drought, coupled with strong winds, heavily contributed to a slew of recent fires across the city, including Lion’s Head and Signal Hill on January 27.
Cape Town will run out of water on April 22, according to officials, leaving South Africa’s second-most populous city, and major tourist destination, without access to running water for the foreseeable future.
In a firmly-worded statement, Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille emphasized the impact of current water consumption:
“I cannot stress it enough: all residents must save water and use less than 87 litres [23 gallons] per day. If we continue to use more than 500 million litres of water per day, we will reach Day Zero on 22 April 2018. We must avoid Day Zero, and saving water is the only way we can do this.”
Once Cape Town reservoirs dip below 13.5% capacity, city authorities will turn off the municipal water supply for nearly four million residents. Only hospitals and similar essential services will continue to receive on-demand access to water. All other Capetonians will have to go to one of 200 water sources throughout the city to collect a maximum daily water allotment of 25 liters (6.6 gallons).
Officials have raised the urgency of water restriction to level six priority, affecting all Capetonians. Under current restrictions, each person is limited to those 87 liters or 23 gallons of household water usage per day. In order to stay within these limits, most homes will have to recycle bath water; skip washing cars and watering gardens; limit showers to under 2 minutes; and avoid dishwasher or washing machine usage wherever possible.
TPG writer JT Genter experienced Cape Town’s water woes firsthand this past July during a week-long stay. His guesthouse host was extremely concerned about the water shortage, requesting all guests be mindful of their water consumption by limiting showers to five minutes’ duration or less, and to flush the toilets only when absolutely necessary.
Featured image of Theewaterskloof Dam, Cape Town, by Charles HB Mercer/Shutterstock
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees