Timothy Irvine, the regional asset manager for the Western Cape at Growthpoint, said The District in Woodstock in Cape Town had become the group’s first “water net-positive” building and was the first of several commercial properties in Cape Town they intended to take off the grid.
Irvine said by taking The District and other commercial buildings off the water grid and substituting municipal water with a safe and sustainable alternative source of drinking water, they were taking pressure off the city’s potable water reserves.
The District, a multi-tenant office and retail building, has seven floors and five basement levels with 18721m² of lettable area that accommodates 25 businesses. It was used by about 1750 people daily, who collectively consumed about 45000 litres of water a day.
Irvine said the next building Growthpoint planned to take off-grid was 200 on Main, adding that all the buildings it had identified to take off the water grid were in Cape Town because it was the only city with the legislation in place to enable it.