Delegates encouraged to save water

Delegates are encouraged to support the water saving initiatives that have been put in place to counter the effects of the water shortage currently being experienced in Cape Town.

The organisers of 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), which will be held in Cape Town from 7 – 9 March, are dedicated to ensuring that the conference does not have a detrimental impact upon our host city.

Delegates are asked to play their part by observing the water saving initiatives that are currently in place. While there is an adequate supply of water for drinking and all daily hygiene needs, it is important for everyone attending the conference to be mindful of saving water wherever possible.

Measures to reduce water use include:

  • A limit on water consumption to 50 litres or less per person per day
  • Two minute limit on showers
  • Baths are discouraged

All major events have plans in place to ensure they have a zero or heavily reduced water footprint. The Cape Town International Convention Centre has introduced a number of additional initiatives to reduce water use: installing water tanks to collect rain and grey water, waterless hand-sanitisers in bathrooms, and reduced the flow-rate to bathroom taps.

There will be reminders and guidance on reducing water usage in conference material, and onsite at the conference. Delegates should follow the restriction guidance from the City of Cape Town.

Hotels, restaurants and bars are operating as usual while proactively implementing mandated water savings. Some hotel swimming pools have converted to ocean water.

Tourist attractions will be open and welcoming visitors while implementing water restrictions.

All emergency services in the city will be functioning as normal.

To find out more about the water shortage please visit:


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