How to save water while visiting Cape town!!
At the Moment South Africa is experiencing their worst drought so far in 30 years. So when you are visiting please take in to consideration and only use what water is needed. Below is ways thats you can help to save as much water as you can.
If you need to shower please make sure that your quick
- when starting your shower use the bucket provided while you find your perfect temperature this water that is saved in the bucket this then gets used to water the flowers around the hotels
- Turn off the shower while you lather your body and then turn back on to rinse
- They ask that you try not to take longer then 3 minutes as showering can use a lot of water.
This will not be changed everyday like it would normally this is so they can save on water, don’t be annoyed that your not getting fresh bedding as you don’t change yours at home everyday so don’t expect it here they are not doing this to be lazy so just remember this. if your staying in a place for a week they will change your bedding on the forth day if not they will change every time for a new guest.
Washing your hair:
everyday was is not permitted again this uses more water then needed use abit of dry shampoo or Jazz up your hairstyles with a braid or a cap
“If its yellow let it mellow”
This is a common phrase in Cape Town and one you will see everywhere in hotels and public loo’s now I know its hard not to flush as your so use to it but if your in your hotel room leave a couple of numbers 1’s in before you flush on average toilet flushing uses from 4litres up to 12 just on one flush. Many people around the world only get 20 litres a day. you can always use abit of your bucket of water from the shower to flush if you need too.
Don’t leave the tap on while you walk around brushing your teeth. I would always advise rinsing your mouth out with a bit of bottled water
Washing your hands:
Carry sanitiser around with you as not only does this save water and you can wash your hands as many times as you want. But a lot of public loo”s have no taps due to them not wanting someone to leave it on. but if there is a tap the water comes out very slowly.
Reuse your towel:
Reuse your towel more then once a day again you do at home. So instead of placing on the floor like normal just hang it back up this way they know you are using it again. they will replace the towels after a couple of uses.
Reuse your clothes
wait till you get home to wash your clothes unless you really need something cleaned. Just remember that the people in Cape Town are not choosing to not change your bedding everyday etc but they have a limited supply of water and when you return home there still going through the problem. Do your bit and help out please