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20 Ways To Save Water During The Cape Town Drought

If you don’t know by now, Cape Town is in the midsts of a serious water crisis. I mean water being switched off, D-Day, empty dams type of crisis. I guess being the most beautiful city in the world has to come with a price but it seems like a lot of people don’t want to pay… By paying I don’t mean for water, we are long past that point. The only payment Cape Town needs right now is for people to start saving water and hoping like hell the rains come sooner rather than later. We are down to being able to use 50l per person per day and

Tourist or local the same applies to everyone, so here are some of my top tips for saving water!

20 Tips For Saving Water During The Cape Town Drought

  • Don’t have baths and limit your showers to 90 seconds or less.
  • Buy a water saving shower head or turn down your water pressure to save water while showering.
  • Don’t shower everyday, use washcloths and a bit of hot water or wet wipes.
  • Wash your hair less and use dry shampoo
  • Don’t wash your hands with water, use hand sanitiser instead.
  • Don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth
  • Only flush toilets when necessary and if you can flush with grey water even better. ( use vinegar to help with odours )
  • Shower in a bucket and use the water for plants or flushing toilets.
  • Use face wipes or miccellar water to remove your makeup and wash your face.
  • Try and make water wise food as much as possible
  • Stock up on 5l bottles of water to drink
  • Try and reuse clothes, towels etc to keep washing to a minimum or stock up on inexpensive underwear etc if possible.
  • Use less dishes and don’t use a dishwasher.
  • Use a spray bottle with cleaning liquid and a bit of water and a damp cloth to clean dishes.
  • Don’t wash your car ( if there is drizzle or rain outside we park our car in the rain and wash it like that )
  • For obvious reasons don’t use a hosepipe to watch your bins, water your garden or do anything else with.
  • Try and catch rain water if possible.
  • If you are staying in a hotel hang up your towels and reuse them so they don’t need to get washed ( I promise you, you wont die )
  • If you are coming from somewhere else in the country to Cape Town bring 5l bottles of water with ( we are running low on them here )
  • Take a dip in the ocean after a run or exercise to stay clean and nice and refreshed ( Mike does this so you can as well… )

If you have any other great tips to share please leave them in the comments below and I will be sharing them on my instagram stories!


  • Megan Indoe

    February 3, 2018

    Dang, this is so sad. We have had bad drought/water issues in Southern California too. It’s crazy how wasteful people can be even knowing this. Sad enough, it was during the ice bucket challenge and people were just wasting buckets of water (i know that doesn’t seem like much but the entire state was in crisis) and it was just cringeworthy to watch! Great tips for saving water, even without a water crisis there are things on here everyone should be doing to reduce wasting water.

  • Kay

    February 3, 2018

    Oh geez. I’ve been following this story for a few months now – I’m praying you guys get some water soon too. Great tips for every day life as well. We should all be more conscious of our water usage!

  • February 3, 2018

    Omg I didn’t know about this crisis. Thank you for sharing these tips. I will try to read more on the water problem.


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