Cape Town proves its resilience as a water-smart destination!

Due to sustained and heavy rains over the last two months, Cape Town’s dams have collectively increased by over 20 percentage points.

There is now more water currently in the dam system, mid-way through winter, than there was at the end of last year’s winter-rainfall period in October.

With several months left in the winter rainfall calendar, it is now clear that Cape Town will continue to have enough water for its residents and visitors. Travellers are invited to come and enjoy, but still be mindful of water-wise tourism during their stay and continue to treat water as a precious resource.

The City of Cape Town has taken a number of ground-breaking actions during the drought to help build a resilient city. These efforts are increasingly internationally recognised. Indeed, there is a strong plan to develop alternative water-supplies, which will make our city and region even more water-secure in the future.

Cape Town’s residents have also set a new global standard for water consumption. The City has reduced its usage of water by nearly 60% in just three years. This is a phenomenal achievement, unmatched by any other major city in the world.

Together with the significant rainfall being experienced, Cape Town’s dams are filling up, and fast.

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business, with our beautiful, world-class experiences waiting for visitors from around the world to enjoy. To find out more, visit:

Tolene van der Merwe, Hub Head UK & Ireland for South African Tourism comments:

“We are pleased to announce that “Day Zero” – the projected date when Cape Town further reduces the supply of water to its citizens - will not take place in 2018 or 2019. Over the last few months, we have seen the tourism industry and locals work together to implement robust measures to reduce water consumption whilst continuing to welcome visitors and provide a great experience. Cape Town has also experienced significant rainfall in the last six weeks and as a result, dam levels have risen consistently and are now up to 42.7% full, so the city is now in a much stronger position than it was at the end of winter last year.

“This latest announcement highlights the positive impact that water wise tourism has had on Cape Town and the effectiveness of making small changes to our day-to-day lives to help combat environmental issues. Of course, the recent increase in rainfall has contributed significantly to the rise in dam levels. However, we must continue to be sensitive to the changing environment and modify our attitudes to water consumption to ensure we manage and preserve this invaluable resource for generations to come. We look forward to welcoming more visitors over the coming year and beyond to see and experience our amazing country.”