It’s National Water Day, and there’s not much to celebrate. Many parts of the country are enduring dire water crises, and the onus is on members of the public to ease strain on water supplies.
In Cape Town, water levels are below 30%, and some anticipate that at current rates, the city may run out of the stuff by the end of June.
Despite the upcoming prospect of rain, the situation doesn’t look great from any perspective.
If it’s inspiration the people of Cape Town need, however, they need just look up – up at Table Mountain!
The Table Mountain Cableway has taken upon itself to lead the way for businesses in the city, putting tonnes of effort into water-saving measures.
In the bathrooms, toilets are flushed with greywater from basins and urinals are water-less.
When it comes to mopping, waterless chemicals are used where possible. Where not, buckets are only half-filled, and some are even filled with melted ice from the day’s ice-buckets!
Speaking of ice – the ice machine produces enough condensation to water some of the plants at the lower of the two stations. Meanwhile, water-usage is recorded daily to keep the business in check.
Water-saving features are rounded-off with dual-flush toilets, sensor-operated and push-button taps, compostable crockery to reduce washing-up, and even an on-site plumber to deal with any leaks instantly.
The Cableway is definitely way up there with the City’s most inspirational water-savers. Now it’s your turn to honour National Water Week and play your part.