The City of Cape Town says more than half of its 35 municipal pools will be open over the festive season. They were closed due to water shortages brought by the drought at the same time last year. Dam levels in the city currently stand at around 70 percent and water restrictions have been eased further.

Last year, Capetonians had to sweat it out during an extremely hot and dry summer as most of the city’s
municipal pools were closed. While the Mother City is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, not everyone can afford to travel for a swim in the sea but this year things are looking up. Seventeen pools will be open and a further six are up for consideration.

Water restrictions have been relaxed from level 6B during the height of the water crises to level 3. But there is still a word of caution for private pool owners.

The Sea Point promenade pool was open throughout the drought because of its use of sea water. The city plans to convert three other pools to salt water in future.