South African charity to stockpile water for dry Cape Town

South African charity to stockpile water for dry Cape Town

South African charity to stockpile water for dry Cape Town

Visitors don't have a major impact on the city's water consumption, but Cape Town's travel industry has made a point to inform visitors of the crisis with many hotels installing water-saving shower heads, eliminating daily linen changes, offering timers to help guests do not forget to take short showers.

In a "two-way conversation", some diplomats who met officials managing Cape Town's crisis referred to water shortages in their own countries, including in Barcelona, Spain and the USA state of California, said Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, an agency that promotes tourism and trade in Western Cape province.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Tuesday that "day zero" - the day the taps are turned off - for the drought-stricken City of Cape Town has been pushed back to April 16.

According to experts, the causes of the water shortages in Cape Town are due to climate change and the population growth since the 90s.

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From early February, Cape Town will receive an additional 67 million litres of water per day from the private Palmiet Kogelberg Dam near Cape Town, Maimane said. Opposition political factions say that the failures are due to inadequate preparation for the crisis.

Last week, DA shadow minister of water and sanitation Leon Basson said that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane needed to step up and "show decisive leadership" with the day when taps run dry - dubbed "Day Zero" - fast approaching.

A South African charity said it was about to carry out a collection of bottled water to keep it in military bases of Cape Town. "Foreigners, he said, might think: "'Well then, I'd rather not come to Cape Town'". Hotels have removed bath plugs and ask guests to use towels a few times, reducing laundry loads. They make up 1 percent of the city's population during peak season.

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