While the City of Cape Town’s dams are over 80% full, The Table Bay has reaffirmed its commitment to saving water. During the severe drought in 2017 and 2018, The Table Bay implemented a series of water savings interventions and water wise behaviours which saw the hotel retain similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of its lowest occupancy periods. These will remain in place and water conservation is now culture at the hotel.
“We are pleased that dam levels are healthy and that the water crisis appears to be over. However, we must remember that South Africa is a semi-arid country and water will always be a scarce and precious resource that must be conserved. With this in mind, and aligned with International Water Week which took place at the end of August, The Table Bay remains steadfast in its commitment saving water to help ensure healthy dam levels can be sustained.
“We all have a responsibility to continue to use water mindfully, says The Table Bay’s General Manager Joanne Selby, who adds that the theme for this year’s International Water Week – “Water for Society – including all” – is a stark reminder that water is scarce and many people across the globe do not have access to clean water.
In response to the water shortage, The Table Bay installed two systems for collecting, recycling and reusing water. The first collection system treats and stores water from the kitchens and a number of rooms, which is then used to flush the public toilets in the banquet area and also water the gardens around the hotel. The second collection system recycles backwashed water back into the swimming pool.
To improve the water efficiency of the hotel’s gardens, water wise plants were planted; with the hotel’s flowering plants replaced with succulents which require less water. In addition, the irrigation system in the garden beds at the main entrance was replaced with a drip system which reduces water consumption by up to 60%.
Additional water meters were installed to allow water consumption in different areas of the hotel to be monitored closely. With these water meters, the team is able to incorporate water monitoring into the Energy Monitoring dashboard to measure usage and generate reports. This allows the team to identify areas of high consumption and proactively implement tactics to curb it where possible. The hotel also installed various water saving devices in the kitchens These include devices such as flow restrictors on taps. To inculcate a culture of water consciousness amongst staff, the hotel conducted training and awareness programmes to ensure that employees apply water smart behaviours in their daily tasks.
Selby concludes: “Water conservation is a long term initiative for us. We hope to inspire other companies to continue to be proactive about saving water,” concludes Selby.
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