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CT water crisis: Influx of tourists won’t cripple supply

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the upcoming peak tourism season should not have a devastating impact on water-saving initiatives.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille says the upcoming peak tourism season should not have a devastating impact on water saving initiatives.

She has made the point while meeting business leaders and government officials at the 25th Energy, Water and Waste Forum at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The province’s average dam level stands at 37.4% of which 27.4% is usable.

De Lille says if Capetonians save enough water, the influx of tourists should not cripple supply.

She says 55% of the city’s water consumption can be attributed to households.

Informal settlements use only 4% and the rest is used by businesses.

De Lille says citizens are still using more than the city’s target of 500 million litres per day or an average of 87 litres per household.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)