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!