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Save Like a Local – Letter to a Mother City Visitor | #savewater #87litres #TravelChatSA

Dear Visitor to our beloved Mother City

Welcome and thank you for choosing Cape Town for your holidays – be it with the family, a couples’ getaway or honeymoon. You will be blown away with what we have in store for you. You will fall in love with our city and return many times.

People are really welcoming here and passionate about their neighbourhoods – don’t hesitate to ask us. We are proud to share insights to this vibrant city. You will experience The Real Cape Town, not to be found in the Guide Books.

Enjoy spectacular views. Experience nature, whilst discovering the animal and do respect them like we do. 

Indulge in our foods – South Africans love their food. Cape Town offers a variety of options from fine dining restaurants to mouth-watering street foods.

Experience our history and culture – we are proud of our heritage, as it shaped us to be who we are today. 

While you holidaying in our city please don’t be ignorant to the crisis we are currently experiencing. The Western Cape including Cape Town is going through the worst water crisis due to poor rainfall during our 2016 and 2017 winter seasons.

Cutting water use is the most important, fastest and most cost-effective way to avoid Day Zero in our City.

Please join us in saving water on a daily basis. Every drop counts: 

Currently our limit is 87 litres per day – you can measure it all with a simple and fun calculator HERE  Try to use even less than that. It is possible 🙂 

  • Take 2 min showers -Make it fun. Download one of those 2 minute shower songs HERE
  • Use a bucket in the shower to capture the water, whilst its heating up (This water can be reused in many ways: Like for flushing the WC)
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shave
  • Use the dual system’s half flush button / only flush when necessary
  • Reuse your towels and linen
  • Use sanitizers to wash your hands
  • Reduce the Washing to once a week
  • We cannot fill up our pools. What better reason than this to explore the alluring beaches on offer?
  • Choose accommodation that has water saving measures in place
  • Support us by reporting any leaks and/or water wastage 

City of Cape Town implemented Level 6 of water restrictions from 1st January 2018 so please check (Read them HERE

Let’s unite in saving water as much as we can and wherever we can.

Enjoy responsibly and remember Mahatma Gandhi’s words:

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers, but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us. “


Resident of a Mother City




Additional info:

Weekly Dam Levels – HERE

Water Dashboard – HERE



Images by Pixabay

Links: City of Cape Town, 2 Minute Shower Songs, My Cape Town Needs

Text Patrycja @ travel opulent box / Edits: Bernadette Erasmus @kaleidoscopebe 

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