What is the situation with the water in Cape town at the minute
At this precise minute, the water restrictions are still in place, ie 50l per person per day for local residents and hotels and other accomodation types each have their own restrictions in place, ie no baths, 2 minute showers etc. We have had several days of good rains and more to come. The next week will see moderate to heavy rains for all over the Western Cape including Cape Town,.
Do you have specific questions?
Like how it will affect you?
Because as a tourist, you will be made aware of the situation upon arrival, and you'll notice many bathrooms have replaced the soap with hand sanitizer or that only one tap of the five will be on. And water is not immediately brought to your table. Some places are (illegally) charging for tap, but other than that... you will hardly be affected. Most hotels got off the grid a while back, but everyone is still conserving. It's supposed to rain all this week.
It will be a long time before water restrictions are relaxed, because dam levels will have to rise significantly from winter rains before next summer's dry season.
I have in-laws who live in Cape Town, and visited them last October and again in April this year. In my view there will be a "new norm" for water use in Cape Town, with no long showers, fewer toilet flushes, and residents using water collected in jojo tanks for their gardens and to wash their cars.
As a tourist you shouldn't worry, but do your best to observe the restrictions while in Cape Town. When I was there all the restaurants were operating normally, and it was easy to find bottled water for drinking in all the supermarkets.
Update on earlier post: We have gale force winds at this precise moment and torrential rain, so this will help significantly with the water levels in the dams and catchment areas. Weather forecast is for moderate to heavy rains on and off for the next week. Not saying this will eliminate all water restrictions for the foreseeable future, but it will certainly help in the long run.
A colleague I spoke to this morning said the deluge is kind of apocalyptic. Then added, "It's wonderful".
Theewaterskloof standing at 20.9% of capacity as at Monday, so many more apocalyptic deluges needed.Edited: June 14, 2018, 6:38 pm
Our biggest dams have about double the amount of water this year compared to what they had this time last year!
And, since the wake-up call at about this time last year, our rate of consumption is only half of what it was!
The above in very broad terms, don't quote me; you can do your own homework. This week, central government declared that they had lifted the state of emergency in this respect . . . . not that their declarations have any impact. Local government have not lifted any rationing and they have not reduced the punitive consumption charges.
And there was very heavy rain all yesterday (Thursday 14th) and some heavy showers today, Friday.Edited: June 16, 2018, 4:50 am
While we are still experiencing water shortages, please do not let this put you off visiting Cape Town. The hospitality industry has been very creative about water conservation and the impact of tourists on our water consumption has therefore been limited.
We rented an Airbnb house in Capetown for August, how does the water restrictions will affect us?