Cape Town's drought: How severe is it and what should tourists know?

Hugh Morris, The Telegraph on December 22, 2017

Visitors to Cape Town have been asked to keep showers to two minutes, flush the toilet as little as possible and only stay in accommodation with water-saving measures in place, as the South African city struggles with one of the worst droughts in living memory.

The Western Cape is feeling the effects of the three years of water shortages, leading authorities to warn that should residents not increase efforts to reduce their usage, “day zero” - the day the taps run dry - will come as soon as March 18. It was originally set for April 29.

With the Christmas holidays imminent and with January - South Africa’s peak tourism season - just around the corner, Cape Town mayor Paricia de Lille has urged every person in the city to help conserve water.

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