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Cape Town Drought

The Western Cape has been experiencing a drought during the last 3 years like it only occurs every 100 to 1000 years.

Typically, the summer months are dry with rainfalls during the winter months. In the last three years the winter rainfalls where not strong enough to guarantee full water supply during the summer months. 

Due to drastic water savings by businesses, households and all people in Cape Town as well as some undertakings by the City of Cape Town, it is now predicted that even in the worst case, "day zero" (the day Cape Town would run out of water if no rainfall occurs and with no countermeasures taken) will not happen this year.

Tourists to Cape Town in general and students and volunteers in particular will only be minimally affected by the drought although all visitors are asked to use water in a wise and responsible manner.

[Cape Town, 12 March 2018]

This is what our clients can expect during their stay

  • Showers restricted to 2 minutes
  • Wise use of water (i.e. close tap while soaping, brushing teeth, etc.)

What we are doing

We have taken the water drought very seriously and put a number of measures in place not only to minimise the impact for our clients but also to use this precious resource in a wise and responsible manner.

This is what we have done and continue doing to save water:

  • Removed all alien vegetation in our gardens
  • Replanted with water wise plants
  • Mixed water retention granules in the soil so plants need watering less often
  • Covered all flower beds with mulch to keep the soil moist
  • Bought in water from a registered water source to help look after the gardens
  • Placed pool covers on all our pools
  • Checked for leaks through an external company
  • Installed aerators in the taps
  • Restricted our toilets to the half-flush button
  • Ceased use of all baths at all our accommodation
  • Publicized water-saving ideas with posters on all noticeboards
  • Replaced sections of our paving with permeable grass pavers to ensure what little rain we get does go back into the ground
  • Installed a borehole to help water the gardens and assist alleviate the use of council water
  • Washing linen once a week
  • Giving instructions to all our students and volunteers on how to save water
  • Delivering lessons where teachers explore the severity of the drought with students as well as ideas for saving water
  • No refilling of the swimming pools