With Cape Town being a major tourism driver in the country, the hospitality industry are urged to increase their water-saving initiatives, especially with Day Zero less than three months away.
Effective from February 1, Capetonians will be restricted to 50 litres per person, per day, for at least 150 days as level 6B water restrictions are implemented. On April 12, residents will have to collect water at one of 200 sites across Cape Town where they’ll receive 25 litres of water per person.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group have embarked on operational changes and implemented new initiatives to save as much water as possible.
Their six properties in the region, including Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence and Radisson RED Cape Town, have informed travellers of the city’s water crisis through signages in hotel lifts and rooms, upon arrival and on the TV monitors.
William McIntyre, Regional Director of Southern Africa for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said it was vital that local and international guests to the city are aware of our current extreme water crisis.
He said the hotels were continuously implementing various water-saving measures to ensure that both staff and guests adhere to the prescribed water restrictions.
“Education has always been a key component of our water saving campaigns. The 6 Carlson Rezidor hotels in the region have removed the large flush option from the dual flush systems and the automatic flush from their urinals, removed all the bath plugs and have installed aerators to reduce water flow from all taps.
“To restrict water usage in the bathrooms and public areas, the hotels provide hand sanitisers and encourages guests to reuse towels to reduce the amount of laundry. The linen is changed every three days or upon request,” said McIntyre.