Water-wise tips for tourists

Posted on Wed October 18, 2017.

The Western Cape is a top tourist destination, however it is drought-stricken and therefore requires local and international travelers to take note of water saving tips.

Baywatch Guest House, one of many affordable guest houses in Cape Town encourages tourism to the region however the influx of tourists drains the province’s natural resources. Water restrictions are in place and by being water-wise, tourists can enjoy their holiday to the Cape without putting too much strain on the water supply.

Support water conservation by collecting rain water, recycling water and employing other water conservation strategies. 

  • Travelling is thirsty work but it takes up to six times as much water to produce bottled water, than is in the actual bottle. Whenever possible use a reusable water container and fill up as needed – it not only saves water, it’s cheaper too. The municipal water in South Africa is safe to drink, so fill up before you leave home and continue to refill as you go along.
  • In order to save water try not to wash towels every day.  It is recommended that clothes are washed when there is a full load instead of washing one or two items at a time.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth as this can save up to six litres of water per minute. The same goes for shaving - by not filling the basin, this leads to a significant reduction in water wastage.
  • An eight minute shower uses about 120 litres of water. Sticking to shorter showers still gets the job done, but with less water wastage. Showers generally use less water than baths, and so the Western Cape government has requested that people always shower instead of using baths, and when showering, to keep it to two minutes or less.