What you can do to help the water crisis when you’re here
Please take your dirty vacation clothes home and launder them there.
Use the ‘safari shower’ method: briefly wet yourself and your hair, turn off the water, get lathered up, and then briefly rinse off.
Catch all the water – especially the first few seconds of cold water – in the bucket provided.
Don’t worry about having dirty hair – Capetonians will totally understand (and feel better about our own!).
Switch off the faucet when you brush your teeth or shave – a tap can go through a massive 10 litres / 2.6 gallons of water in a minute!
Bring good hand sanitizer, wet wipes and dry shampoo. Please recycle all the containers and choose eco-friendly products where possible.
Be understanding about dry gardens, closed swimming pools, dusty vehicles and so forth.
If Day Zero hits, everybody in Cape Town will be restricted to 25 litres / 6.6 gallons a day.
Once you get into it, its amazing how little water you really need. There is so much natural beauty and charm in Cape Town that these little things shouldn’t detract from your stay. These may seem like little things but, like little drops of water become a rain shower, they soon add up to a substantial saving. If we all do our part, then we can easily continue to welcome visitors to Cape Town.