Cape Town hotel guest urged not to flush toilets

09 February, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Around 23 million among Europe's more than 500 million people are not connected to a public water supply

Pastor Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng has said the best way to help drought-stricken Cape Town would be to start a 90-day prayer service‚ while evangelist Angus Buchan - who promised previous year that the dams would be full by March - said earlier this week that Capetonians needed to repent before it would rain.

Day Zero, the first day of a national disaster is looming large over Cape Town.

Cape Town, a top worldwide tourist destination, has both high-income oceanside neighborhoods and sprawling informal settlements. It will be pumped into city taps, and is expected to sustain visitors and residents for about 20 days.

Ntshona said the tourism industry needed to be protected, as getting back onto the global radar for tourism was extremely hard once that edge was lost.

Luxury hotels have been forced to take drastic measures thanks to the pressures of drought in Cape Town.

Harris also maintained that visitors were more than welcome; however, they and their hosts should be mindful of the drought.

It was not just about cutting supply, it was also about increasing supply, said Harris, pointing out that 12% of water supply was now sourced from short-term options, such as desalination, water transfers, spring water and aquifers, besides others.

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Farmers have been heavily criticised over the amount of water they have used‚ but Maimane said control of water for agricultural use was a national government function. Water supply networks are over-extended, limited reservoirs are over-relied on and there is a lack of water conservation and reuse.

The water was released from the Eikenhof Dam, on the Palmiet River in Grabouw.

As the city counts down to the day when it will be forced to turn off its public water supply, hotels have told guests to stop flushing only if they need to for now.

Dam levels in the Western Cape province fell to 23.7 per cent this week from 24.5 per cent the previous week, and from 36.5 per cent a year ago, according to a weekly update from the department of water affairs.

"Drilling at the Table Mountain aquifer began in November past year, and water will enter the system from later this month until June 2019, providing an approximate 50 million litres per day".

He said the country was facing a "major economic catastrophe" if the water crisis wasn't managed properly.


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