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Water Shortage Update

(Last Edited on March 8, 2018)


The latest news from city officials is that ‘Day Zero’ – the day when the City of Cape Town may have needed to implement water cuts in order to reduce water consumption – will not occur in 2018!

Our combined efforts as a community and city has seen a drastic reduction in water usage – the largest reduction in consumption ever recorded in the world.

In a media conference on Wednesday, March 7, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane stated that the City of Cape Town would even consider relaxing water restrictions from level 6b to level 5‚ depending on the winter rainfall. “The significance of this effort cannot be overstated. The sustained dedication and fortitude of all residents is the primary reason for this. You are all Day Zero heroes,” commented Maimane.

Information on our progress as a city can be found on our WesgroCity of Cape Town Water Dashboard – a great resource that gives a quick and easy to understand oversight of our water projects, plans and desalination plants.


What does this mean for iXperience Cape Town?

While we’re no longer under the threat of a water cut, residents and visitors are still encouraged to be exceedingly mindful of the prevailing drought conditions and remain within city’s guidelines for water usage when in Cape Town.

Advice on how to best join in our water-wise efforts can be found here.


Our campus and housing partners

Our housing partners in the beautiful suburb of Camps Bay, and campus partners at the V&A Waterfront, have both installed low-flow systems to stem water wastage, thereby further reducing pressure on the city. Their measures will remain in place.

The V&A desalination plant is also expected to add two million litres of water a day to the city's water supply system and forms part of a longer-term plan to build water supplies that do not rely on dams that are vulnerable to droughts.


Additional information

The latest information on our progress as a city can be found on our City of Cape Town Water Dashboard – a great resource that gives a quick and easy to understand oversight of our water projects, plans and desalination plants.


What might this mean for your/your child’s stay?

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the very best places in the world to visit. By practising responsible tourism, there is no reason why your experience of Cape Town should be anything less than extraordinary.


Our Lisbon and Berlin Courses

While we encourage our students to make decision on their personal preferences regarding travel and courses, should you wish to explore summer abroad alternatives to Cape Town, check to see which of our courses are offered in Lisbon - a vibrant city and the home of our second campus, as well as Berlin – our newest campus and the start-up capital of Europe.


Of course, we are always available for further discussion and will be updating this site, as well as our students, as we know more.

For more information please don’t hesitate to book time a time for a chat and we’ll happily call you back.