Western Cape water restrictions

The Western Cape is in a water scarce region and is currently in the midst of a very serious drought due to the current unprecedented water crisis. We need your help to conserve our precious resource, and to ensure that your stay at Djis Tjil is as enjoyable as ever.


Our municipality has approved Level 4b water restrictions, effective from 1 July 2017 until further notice. Level 4b entails a ban on all use of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes. We are encouraged to use less than 87 liters per person per day instead of the normal 350 liters per person per day.

In other words, municipality drinking water can only be used indoors and for essential washing, cooking and drinking purposes.

Level 4b water restrictions include the following:

  • No hosing down of paved surfaces with municipal drinking water.
  • No irrigation/watering with municipal drinking water allowed.
  • No washing of vehicles and boats with municipal water. (Commercial car washes may apply for exemption.)
  • Private swimming pools may not be topped up or filled with municipal drinking water.
  • Use of portable play pools prohibited.
  • Water features may not use municipal drinking water.

As we as Paternoster are pulling through a terrible drought season, we would like to make our guests aware of what they can do to relieve the stress placed onto our dams.

  • Only flush the toilet when necessary. Don’t use it as a dustbin.
  • Rather shower than take a bath. Cut your showers to two minutes. A standard (non-water-saving) showerhead can use up to 16 liters of water per minute.
  • Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use it to flush your toilet, water the garden and wash your car. (We have provided a bucket in each shower).
  • Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be re-used for the next wash cycle.
  • Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen when brushing teeth, shaving, drinking, etc.
  • Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally, rather than placing it under running water.
  • Use the same towels again so that we can keep the washing to a minimum.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding in this urgent matter to help keep water in our Western Cape taps.

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Rechelle Vermaak

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