There is a critical water shortage in the Western Cape. Locals and visitors must limit their personal consumption to a total of 87 litres a day.
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 all bath plugs. Please be conservative and help us save water by taking a shower.
- Reduce your time in the shower. A 10-minute shower at the Oude Werf Hotel uses 90 litres. We recommend a shower of two minutes or less.
- 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:
- Installed aerators on the taps.
- Removed all our bath plugs to encourage guests to shower.
- Change towels only on request from guests to reduce laundry load.
- Change linen only on the fourth morning of a guest’s stay to reduce laundry load.
- Replaced hand towels with paper towels in public toilets to reduce laundry load.
- Replaced material napkins with recyclable paper napkins to reduce laundry load.
- Placed hand sanitizer dispensers in our public bathrooms to reduce water usage.
- Turned off our water features.
- Use all unfinished bottled water for floor washing.
- Cover the outdoor pool between 11:00 and 14:00, the hottest part of the day, to reduce evaporation.
- Mulch and compost the garden to prevent soil evaporation.
- Devoted 654 hours to water thirsty alien vegetation clearing.
- Harvest water from our underground parking and recycle it.
These are easy measures anyone can take to make a difference!
- Shorten your shower to less than 2 minutes.
- Sometimes a bath is unavoidable – make sure it’s shallow.
- There’s nothing wrong with air heads. Put them in your taps at home.
- Install taps with a motion-sensor where possible.
- Use hand sanitizer 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.
- 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!