With the current drought situation in the Western Cape, many people have been left wondering how it will impact the Cape Town Carnival.
We can tell you that it is going ahead as planned, with some expert planning in place.
According to Cape Town Carnival ceo, Jay Douwes, “we need to be cognisant of the fact that as a city, as event organisers and as citizens, our relationship with water in the province has to alter significantly. We are taking the situation very seriously and are focusing on ensuring that we implement practical and responsible measures in relation to our project, our event and water issues.”
The current water plan for the Cape Town Carnival event, 17 March2018, includes the following:
- Only chemical toilets will be used
- All water for hydration for participants will be sourced from outside municipal water grids
- Water sold by vendors will be sourced from outside municipal water grids
- No water ballasting of structures will take place – only concrete ballasts will be used
- Spectators will be encouraged to bring their own water if they do not wish to buy bottled water.
- No water taps will be installed along the Fanwalk, water for those who cannot afford water bottles will be supplied from water sourced from outside of the municipal water grid, and dispensed in paper cups
- Vendor’s water – self- contained food trucks will bring in their own water for food preparation/dishes and dispose of grey water
- Rain water tanks installed at the Cape Town Carnival Workshop in Maitland is the primary source of water used. 4l per person per day is used from the municipal grid.
The Cape Town Carnival organisers will continue with updates regarding the situation. At present, the City has given the go ahead that the event will continue as per normal.