Travellers to Cape Town for this weekend’s Sun Met are urged to practice water saving following the city’s drought status. Thousands of local and international racing and fashion enthusiasts visit Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town for the event.
The organisers is bringing in 60 000 litres of water to service guests and racegoers. The event will not be making use of the Kenilworth Racecourse water taps on the day, in the commitment to support the province's concerted drive to conserve as much water as they can.
The 60 000 litres of water is being sourced outside of Cape Town, from an area that is not experiencing water restrictions. In doing so, all parties involved can ensure that racegoers enjoy the festivities without adding to Cape Town’s current water crisis.
Rob Collins, Chief Operations Officer of Sun International, said a plan will be made and put into action to ensure that any surplus water following the Sun Met event is put to use to help alleviate the Cape Town water crisis.
One of Sun International's hotels in Cape Town, The Table Bay, is leading the way with their plan to promote water conservation in the Western Cape. Through a mix of technological and behavioural interventions, The Table Bay has successfully retained similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of its lowest occupancy periods.
Joanne Selby, the General Manager at The Table Bay, said water conservation has become culture at The Table Bay.
“We are invested in every drop and we believe that collectively, even the simplest tactics can meaningfully contribute to saving water. We all have a responsibility to use water mindfully,” she said.
All Cape Town residents and tourists visiting The Mother City during this time are encouraged to participate in the water saving effort by:
• Showering instead of bathing
• Keeping their showers short, not longer than two minutes
• Switching off the tap when brushing their teeth