While Nelson Mandela Bay is buzzing as hotels put up fully-booked signs‚ its supply dams continue to dwindle at an alarming rate with tens of thousands of holiday-makers pushing up consumption by as much as 20%.
With dam levels at an overall average percentage of only 28% late last week‚ the municipality and business sector have urged all water users including holiday-makers to use the resource sparingly.
Despite pleas‚ hotel managers along the Bay’s beachfront say tourists are not playing their part.
Protea Marine marketing manager Prudence Zuma said: “They [tourists] have the philosophy that water is our problem‚ not theirs.”
Last year it was estimated that in the region of 267‚848 overnight visitors came to the Bay spending in the region of R402-million.