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The City of Cape Town says water users must expect water rationing, which could lead to water supply disruptions. However, this seems to have no effect on domestic travel to Cape Town.

According to Eyewitness News, the city has warned of disruptions if usage is above the required levels during peak water usage times in the mornings between 05h00 and 09h00, and in the evenings between 17h00 and 21h00.

While everyone will have water, the duration of the outages will depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels. Services will be restored as soon as the demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions.

The most recent water interruption took place in the CBD, Maitland and Paarden Eiland from 22h00 last Friday (November 10) to 10h00 the following day.

Cape Town’s dam levels are currently at 38,5% with useable water at 28,5%. Xanthea Limberg of the City of Cape Town said in a statement that reducing water usage remains the most vital intervention to help see the city through the summer ahead.

Despite this, Priti Ramkissoon, office manager of Thompsons Travel, and Candice Perry, marketing, media relations and social media coordinator of Thompsons Holidays, say they have not seen a decline in domestic travel to Cape Town. “We still see massive interest in Cape Town regardless of the water situation. We are starting to see availability become an issue though, which is a clear indication that people are still travelling,” Candice says.

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