Western Cape tourists urged to save water

The City of Cape Town has kicked off its water saving campaign, ‘Save like a local’ – this time targeting tourists expected this summer.

The campaign will be used to drive awareness about the serious drought crisis, especially among visitors this coming festive season.

According to the MasterCard Destination Cities Index 2017, Cape Town, popularly known as the Mother City, raked in 1.52 million visitors in 2016.

“If this year’s tourist season is similar to last year’s, we can expect a bumper season and we will need all visitors to ‘save like a local’ and follow the example of many of our water ambassadors,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

In partnership with the tourism sector, the campaign will include airport billboards in various foreign languages and branded flags in the CBD and Waterfront area.

Mobile billboards on beaches and at tourist centres will also be used to amplify the message that Cape Town is a water-scarce region, which is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history.

All tourism and related businesses have been urged to add digital adverts to their website homepages, which highlight water scarcity in the province.

The campaign is part of the implementation of phase one of the City of Cape Town’s water shortages disaster plan.

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Meanwhile construction will start in November on the first desalination plant in Cape Town, will feed two million litres of water into the City’s water distribution networks by February next year.

The site of the desalination plant is at the V&A Waterfront and and Mayor Patricia De Lille said that more desalination is on its way.

She says eight other desalination sites are also planned for the metro.

“In Hout Bay, we will produce 4 million litres of water a day, and in Granger Bay 8 million litres of water and Red Hill we will produce about 2 litres of water per day,” said de Lille.


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