25 Sep 2018 | By Sun International
The Water Situation in Cape Town
Water Levels in Cape Town Are Safe! The Western Cape has emerged from a reassuringly wet winter rainfall season allowing dam levels to rise and improve the water situation in Cape Town. This bodes well for everyone, including local and international tourists to South Africa’s beautiful Cape. The dam levels are critical for Cape Town’s water supply.
Although water in Cape Town has always been available to our guests during the drought, we have all had to become more mindful about our water usage. We thank our guests who have embraced our efforts to conserve this precious resource. The Table Bay looks forward to welcoming guests to a less water-constrained environment.
Every Drop Still Counts
Even since the Cape Town water crisis hit the province, water saving has become a norm at The Table Bay and we believe that every drop still counts. The Table Bay saves water in a number of ways:
- We top up our swimming pool with treated and filtered recycled water.
- Our water features use grey water.
- We water our feature palms with grey water.
- We use indigenous water-wise plants in our gardens and have replaced water-dependent flowering plants with succulents that require less water.
- Our irrigation system at the main entrance has been replaced with a drip system, reducing water consumption by up to 60%.
- Two storage tanks harvest grey water from the air-conditioning system. This water source serves the irrigation system and staff change rooms.
- Water-based air-conditioning systems are being adapted to reduce water loss.
- We use non-potable water and waterless chemicals for cleaning wherever viable.
- We have installed real-time water meters to monitor and record the savings on these initiatives.
- We have fitted water-efficient showerheads and flow restrictors on all taps.
"These interventions have helped The Table Bay to retain similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of our lowest occupancy periods!
As Our Guest, You Count
The tourism industry is incredibly important to the Western Cape, to Cape Town, and to The Table Bay. Your visit to our beautiful city contributes significantly to our region's economy. Your stay is important to us.
"South Africa is a water-scarce country but so are many parts of the world where first-class tourist facilities operate. You can always expect a premium experience at The Table Bay!
You Can Help
The Table Bay has vast eco-conscious clientele who have enthusiastically supported our efforts to conserve water during the Cape Town water crisis. To assist with stabilising the water situation in Cape Town today, we continue to encourage our guests to:
- Shower instead of bathing
- Keep their showers short
- Switch off the tap when brushing their teeth
- Hang up their bath towels for reuse
- Opt to have their linen changed every fourth day