Despite the severe water shortage facing the Mother City, local casinos and hotels are reporting that tourists still continue to visit their facilities in Cape Town. Moreover, casino operators have reported that the high level of tourists has not particularly dented the city’s water supply.
According to the Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, many visitors heeded the city’s call for reduced water shortage and are doing their bit to counter the declining dam levels.
The general manager for communications at South Africa’s premier gaming operator Tsogo Sun, Priya Naidoo said that the group was committed to saving water at its properties in Cape Town, which is currently experiencing a severe drought.
“Hotels in the group have introduced several measures to save water,” she said. “These include installing aerators and flow restrictors on taps, as well as low pressure heads on showers.”
Naidoo said that the frequency of replacing linen and towels has also been reduced and guests and staff are made aware of the water saving measures introduced at the hotels through various initiatives.
“Staff members are also constantly monitoring water usage against certain targets through newly installed dashboards,” said Naidoo.
At the Taj Hotel, all Jacuzzi and steam room facilities have been turned off. Visitors have been told that since Cape Town is in the midst of a very severe drought, the hotel is “doing everything possible to conserve water at this time”
According to Winde, almost all Western Cape hotels have fitted their establishments with water-saving shower heads, while others have recycled their water and have been using grey water for purposes other than human consumption. Even guesthouses have played their part by keeping water consumption to less than 87 liters per day per person.
While Cape Town’s water shortage is severe, it is not the only city in the world where water restrictions are in place, and, as noted, it has not stopped the tourists from visiting ‘the Fairest Cape of all’. Tourists and locals continue to heed the government’s call thanks to improved signage and notices up at hotels and casinos.