Cape Town is water conscious and has cut its water usage by 50% in 3 years, more than any major city has been able to achieve in such a short period. The city continues to be a pioneer in responsible tourism across all its major attractions. On average, Capetonians now only use around 50 litres of water per person per day. Every drop you save helps.
Tips for saving water like a local
- Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving measures in place. Ask about this when you book.
- Do not leave your towels in your hotel room to be washed if they have only been used once. Hang them up and re-use them.
- Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet.
- Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run.
- Limit your showers to 2 minutes, and avoid bathing.
- Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
- Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry.
- Make conscious decisions about food. Beef uses more water to produce than chicken, and some fruits use less water to grow than others.
- If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. just make sure you only run it when it is full.
Information on Cape Town’s journey to becoming a responsible destination can be found at responsiblecapetown.co.za.