The city of Cape Town has implemented level 6B water restrictions whereby consumption is reduced to 50 litres per day. One of the steps we have taken to save water is to cover our pool during the hottest part of the day to reduce water evaporation. Continue reading to see what other measures we have put in place to save water and for up-to-date information on the dam levels, click here.
We will make it easy for you to save water during your stay with us. Just follow these tips:
- Close taps when soaping hands, shaving or brushing teeth.
- Take showers instead of baths. We have removed bath plugs. Please be conservative and help us save water by taking a shower instead of a bath.
- Place the bucket provided in the shower when showering. We recycle the excess water it collects.
- Reduce your time in the shower by making use of the shower timer in your bathroom. A shower uses 15 -18 litres per minute.
- Reuse your towels and linen to reduce laundry requirements. We will only wash towels we find in the bath and if you are staying for more than a week, we will change your bed linen on the fourth morning.
- Report drips and leaks.
- Use the hand sanitizer dispensers instead of washing your hands with water.
- Push the ‘half flush’ button (the small button) when you flush. It uses 50% less water than the full flush (large button).
What we have done and continue doing to save water:
Among the many initiatives already implemented by the Petousis Hotel Group over the past year are the following:
- Removing all bath plugs to encourage guests to shower and supplying shower timers to help guests keep their showers to 2 minutes.
- Providing buckets to collect shower water, which we recycle.
- Linen is changed every 4th day and towels only when left in the bath.
- Our swimming pools are covered during the lunch period to help limit evaporation.
- We have installed extra water meters, aerated taps, aerated shower heads, movement activated taps in public areas, a water-wise air-conditioning chiller unit, and other water-saving fittings.
- To reduce the laundry load, we have provided paper towels instead of hand towels in public lavatories; in our dining areas you will find recyclable paper napkins instead of linen and we have removed all tablecloths.
- Germstar hand sanitisers were installed and we encourage guests and staff to sanitize rather than use water to wash their hands.
- We use all unfinished bottled water for floor washing, and recycle our laundry water, using the last rinse water of one load for the first wash of the next.
- We have emptied all water features except for the two used by the birds, frogs, tortoises and other wildlife on the property. These two contain borehole water. Our mulching and composting programmes prevent soil evaporation in our gardens.
- We have exchanged all fresh flower arrangements for water-wise, long-living indigenous flowers.
- We have been running a guest-education programme since February 2017. This includes information on booking, in pre-arrival communications, at check-in, in rooms and throughout the hotels and public bathrooms. We have also engaged in rigorous staff training.
- Our Water Crisis Committee meets weekly and we have appointed an external project manager to ensure every possible initiative is implemented.
Explore the ideas below received from guests to save every drop – then post yours on the Oude Werf Facebook page using #H2oh
- Shorten your shower to less than 2 minutes (purchase a shower timer from reception before you leave)
- There’s nothing wrong with air heads. Put them in your taps at home
- Install taps with a motion-sensor where possible
- Use hand sanitiser instead of washing with water
- Choose the half-flush button on your loo if you have the option – or place a brick in the cistern to reduce the water used during a single flush
- Investigate the cost of rain-water tanks and a grey-water system. The money you’ll save on your water bill will quickly cover the cost
- These are easy DIY measures anyone can take: put buckets under your downpipes to catch the rain coming off your roof; shower with a bucket; put a basin in your kitchen sink; save the water from your washing machine (lead the outflow pipe into a large drum)… You will be astounded at how much water you’ll save for flushing loos and watering your garden
- When defrosting your fridge, use the melted ice to clean floors
- Only use your dishwasher and washing machine once you have a full load (maybe those towels and sheets can wait another day?). Check your appliances for eco cycles and short rinse options
- Close the tap while you shave or brush your teeth
- Encourage your children to be leak-detecting-superheroes!
- Don’t buy bottled water – it takes six times the amount of water in the bottle to produce it
- Find out if your city has clear spring water points
- Keep a cover on your pool to avoid evaporation
Never were truer words spoken than Benjamin Franklin’s: “When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water.”
May you fall asleep to the best lullaby in the world: the sound of rain!