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Beaufort West gets creative to raise awareness of water crisis

The local tourism department, South African Police Service and traffic officials on Thursday handed out flyers promoting water saving at a roadblock outside the town.

Traffic officials in Beaufort West raise awareness of the region's water crisis on 15 December 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Motorists passing through Beaufort West have urged others to also take part in water saving initiatives in the drought stricken Western Cape.

Law enforcement and local government officials reminded motorists, passing through a roadblock outside town on Thursday about the province’s critical water shortage.

Beaufort West is one of the driest towns in the Western Cape residents are relying on aquifers to keep the taps running but the town also gets a lot of money from the regular influx of tourists and travellers.

The local tourism department, South African Police Service and traffic officials on Thursday handed out flyers promoting water saving at a roadblock outside the town.

N1 Road Block

[WATCH] Law enforcement and local government officials reminded motorists, passing through a roadblock on the N1 outside Beaufort West on Thursday about the province’s critical water shortage.

Posted by Eyewitness News on Thursday, 14 December 2017

Judging by the response of some tourists, the stunt might have worked.

“We brought some water in containers to drink and some for bathing since there’s short supply of water,” a tourist said.

The municipality currently relies on 35 boreholes and a reclamation plant to provide the town with water.

WATCH: Beaufort West water crisis

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