How To Manage A Water Crisis
Water Crisis Doesn't Dampen Tourism
Despite the current water crisis in Cape Town, it still remains one of the top destinations to visit - worldwide! Tourists have once again flocked to the sunny shores and kept the economy strong with their appreciation of the natural wonders that pepper the still-green landscape.
In a local report that we read earlier this month, we found the following:
“Initial reports on the December 2017 peak tourism month show high growth in international arrivals, and an increase in visitors to regions across the Western Cape, according to the Western Cape tourism and investment promotion agency (Wesgro).
Wesgro surveyed local tourism offices in the region to obtain an initial idea. Altogether, 30 out of 36 local tourism offices interviewed by Wesgro noted increases in visitors this December. Official statistics will, however, only be published by SA Tourism at a later date.”
You can download their official update here: WESGRO - Water Tourism in Cape Town (149 downloads)
With the Cape Town Cycle Tour only weeks away, the influx of visitor is only set to increase. So here are some tips that we’ve accumulated to help with your stay!
Look out for eco-friendly accommodation
Many of hotels, lodges and Airbnb owners are active water conservationist with rainwater collection, recycling water and employing other water conservation strategies. You can support the conservation efforts by researching and staying in these establishments. You can also enquire at your current booking to see what they are doing to conserve water.
If you haven’t booked through Elite Travel, or have family or friends travelling - this is a great pre-travel tip to share!
Carry your own bottle
Apart from saving on plastic disposal and harming our oceans, having your own travel bottle is the sign of a wise tourist! Also - it can take up to six times as much water to produce bottled water, than is in the actual bottle.
Fill up your bottle before heading out for the day, then when you stop for lunch - ask the restaurant to fill your bottle for you. You’re saving on plastic and the washing of their glasses. This not only saves water, it’s cheaper too.
Wash not, waste not
Most travellers know that hotels give patrons the option of not having their towels laundered daily. Simply hang your towel up instead of leaving it in the bath or shower and you will be contributing to massive water and electricity savings.
Turn off the taps
Many people brush their teeth while leaving the water running – it’s just a quick brush after all. What they don’t realise is that keeping the tap open can waste up to six litres per minute - rather pour yourself half-a-glass of water to brush your teeth. The same goes for shaving; filling the basin leads to a significant reduction in water wastage.
An eight minute shower uses about 120 litres of water! The current daily water usage restriction, per person, is 50l. Sticking to shorter showers still gets the job done, but with less water wastage. Showers generally use less water than baths, and so the Western Cape government has requested that people always shower instead of using baths, and when showering, to keep it to two minutes or less.
If you have more ideas - please share it with us! Our team are always on hand to help you enjoy the sheer luxury of an elite travel experience.