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Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, welcomed tourists and visitors at the Cape Town International Airport, specifically to engage with them about the current drought crisis that Cape Town is experiencing and how critical our water-saving efforts are at this stage. All visitors were reminded to stick to the usage limit of 87 litres per person per day. Read more below:

As part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to raise awareness about the drought crisis among all tourists and visitors to Cape Town, Councillor Mamkeli visited the Cape Town International Airport today, 14 September 2017. He spread the message that all water users need to assist in building water reserves, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected.

‘We welcome each and every tourist who is currently visiting or planning to visit Cape Town over the next few months and believe that all will have a memorable time in this beautiful city. We trust that our visitors will have the city’s best interests at heart and will become water ambassadors themselves.

‘Saving water has become the New Normal here in Cape Town. Every drop of water counts. We appeal to all visitors to appreciate the seriousness of the current drought crisis and to be mindful of their water usage while exploring all the beauty that this city has to offer,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.

Today’s airport visit is in addition to a whole host of other engagements with the tourism sector and tourists themselves, for example through advertisements at the airport and in in-flight magazines, engagements with FEDHASA to ensure they spread the message to hotels and guesthouses, and distribution of information at public transport interchanges, among others.Tourists, locals, the hospitality industry, and all stakeholders in the tourism industry must adhere to the Level 5 water restrictions currently in place.

Metro-wide, the City’s area-based mayoral committee members, as well as City staff, water inspectors and law enforcement officers, will continue to spread the message of saving water throughout the summer period ahead.

The city’s dam levels remain critically low, with storage levels currently at 37,2% and useable water at 27,2%. Drought efforts continue to be centred around two key thrusts: being to reduce water usage to 500 million litres per day of collective consumption, while at the same time bringing on board an additional emergency supply of 500 million litres per day to see the city through as much of summer 2017/18 as possible. These interventions go hand in hand and there cannot be one without the other as Cape Town, and the wider province, forges ahead through the worst drought in recorded history.

The City will be further engaging with visitors to our city during the tourism season in order to encourage them to use water sparingly during this drought crisis.

For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website:www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and utilise our water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT

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