A Dire Situation
Cape Town is facing one of its worst droughts in living memory. Since 2001, the city has had a water conservation and demand management policy to reduce its water consumption. These efforts kept overall water demand relatively stable until 2014, when demand started to rise. Due to a combination of lower rainfall in the winter of 2016 and 2017, and a relatively slow initial governance response to the drought, the city officially declared a water crisis this year (2017).
In early April 2017, Cape Town was down to its last 100 days of water. The water levels in the dams that supply the city had fallen to 20% of their capacity. In response, the city imposed Level Four water restrictions. These include stricter limits on residential water use and strongly recommend a limit of 100 litres per person per day. They also include a ban on irrigation, and a 350 litres per day
cap on the free basic water allocation for impoverished households, regardless of household size. On 05 September 2017, these restrictions were escalated to Level Five!
Given that Cape Town is currently facing significant water shortages and can expect more frequent droughts in the future, the time has come for more carefully planned long term interventions.
We need to all do what we can to reduce the amount of water consumed. Our aim is to reduce our consumption by at least 20%, year on year. While a number of initiatives have been implemented from an operational perspective, thankfully many of our guests are environmentally conscious, and are working closely with us through their mindful consumption of this very scarce natural resource.
You will notice that our swimming pools are empty. In line with the Cape Town City’s decision to close many of its public pools, we elected to do the same in an effort to prevent needless waste of water. We have also included some water-saving tips for your convenience below, and are so grateful for your understanding as we collectively unite to support our beautiful city during this very challenging time.
Using the basin
When using the basin in the bathroom or kitchen, make sure you turn off the tap when running water is not essential. Use a plug in the basin should you need to wash dishes. Don’t overfill the basin, and don’t leave the water running consistently when rinsing plates
Using the kettle
Fill up the kettle to only the level you actually need when boiling water.
Shower instead of bath
Instead of taking that long bath in a full tub (which takes an average of 265 litres to fill up) why not rather enjoy a refreshing shower, which uses about 65 litres? This constitutes a saving of 200 litres of water per person per day! Try to reduce the time you spend in the shower. And if you are travelling with a ‘significant other’, why not make the romantic choice of a cosy shower for two? You could save even more water by closing the tap while lathering with soap, shampoo or conditioner, turning on again to rinse off.
Filling up a small amount of water in the basin for rinsing the razor will exponentially reduce the amount of water consumed through a running tap.
Did you know that every single toilet flush uses up to 35 litres of water? Many Capetonians have learned to not flush at every turn,
and you may well hear this cheeky phrase over the course of your time in the city… ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, let it go
By remembering to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, you could save up to 9 litres!
Linen and towels
Although we are very happy to replace your linen and towels as you require, minimizing on the amount of laundry washed goes a long way towards saving water. Please do let a member of our team know should you require fresh towels or a change of linen over the course of your stay.
Thank you for your understanding, and for your support in helping us to help our Mother City!
The Cape Cadogan Family