Water crisis hits Cape Town tourism


Bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - The water crisis in the Western Cape province, which could run out of supply in April if there are no rains, has hit the key tourism sector, an industry official said on Friday.

"We have been informed by our members that they been receiving cancellations from both international and domestic travellers," Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy told the African News Agency.

"Prospective visitors have questions and are looking for clarity regarding the water crisis and contingency plans for Day Zero. As long as there is uncertainty about the water crisis, there will be an impact.

"Besides the hotels, tourism businesses are acutely aware of the need for water conservation."


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As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents were warned on Tuesday that they face losing piped water to their homes on 12 April -- a whole nine days earlier than predicted.

If drastic consumption reductions are not achieved by "Day Zero", people will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres.

The city, which attracts millions of tourists every year, has enforced strict waste controls including prosecution of homeowners who use more than the current 50-litre daily limit.

- Additional reporting AFP