A number of Cape Town hotels have stepped up efforts to save water during these times of severe water shortages.
Samantha Annandale, CEO of Hotel Verde, joins CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies to talk about what the hotel is implementing.
Hotel Verde is known as the 'greenest hotel in Africa' and produces the lowest carbon footprint.
We very fortunate because when we started construction on the hotel it was done with the mindset to make sure that we build a hotel that is sustainable in the long run, taking into account all our utilities and natural resources.— Samantha Annandale, CEO Hotel Verde
Things like energy, water, and air efficiency were all taken into account during design and construction so the hotel has excellent technology.
In the almost four years in operation, she says they have seen a huge investment return not only from a cost perspective but also the message it gives to patrons and staff that they are doing the right thing.
The grey water is very important to us, and we top up with municipal. I think the biggest thing in a hotel beside having aerated taps and low flow... you can have circulation pumps on your hot water line so that you don't have to run the water to get it hot to the room.— Samantha Annandale, CEO Hotel Verde
But aside from the hotel's futuristic technology, she says what is key is the buy-in from staff and guests in the little things.
Take a listen to what Hotel Verde is doing to save water, some quirky others serious...