V&A digs in to cut wastage

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THE V&A Wa­ter­front has raised con­cerns about the ef­fect wa­ter cuts would have on its busi­ness.

But the site man­age­ment at one of the city’s top tourist at­trac­tions is mak­ing plans to deal with cuts. The Water­font’s chief ex­ec­u­tive David Green said it has cut wa­ter use by 53% since 2010.

“This was achieved through a num­ber of mea­sures, in­clud­ing the use of bore­hole and grey wa­ter for toi­lets and ir­ri­ga­tion, in­stalling wa­ter- ef­fi­cient fit­tings and proac­tive pres­sure man­age­ment and ag­gres­sive leak de­tec­tion,” said Green.

He said: “We’re cur­rently cut­ting wa­ter to all taps, bar one, in each of our pub­lic bath­rooms, and re­plac­ing (this) with hand sani­tis­ers.

“In ad­di­tion, we’ve al­lo­cated part of our land to the City of Cape Town to in­stall one of their tem­po­rary de­sali­na­tion plants. Cur­rently be­ing built, this plant should be op­er­at­ing and pro­duc­ing wa­ter by the end of March,” said Green.

“The V&A Wa­ter­front’s long-term plan is to build our own ad­di­tional sea wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plant, over and above that be­ing built by the city on our premises.

“This will vir­tu­ally take the precinct off the City of Cape Town’s mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply. We have ac­cel­er­ated this build process and aim to have this pro­duc­ing potable wa­ter by next year.”

Vir­gin Ac­tive has in­stalled low-flow show­er­heads and taps at 30 gyms in the Western Cape. It also has 40 rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing tanks to “store wa­ter we pro­cure through dona­tions”.

Vir­gin’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Ross Faragher-Thomas, said yes­ter­day that they had “re­duced wa­ter con­sump­tion by 53% over 2016”.

Hyprop In­vest­ments, own­ers of Canal Walk Shop­ping Cen­tre, Cape Gate and Som­er­set Mall, has set aside R19 mil­lion to “safe­guard against future wa­ter stress.”

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