The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has made it possible to harvest seawater for desalination purposes, resulting in the hotel being independent of the Cape Town municipality's water system. As the Western Cape continues to save water, the hotel, located directly on the rocky Atlantic Coast in Granger Bay, Cape Town, will supply fresh water produced in its own, in-house desalination plant.
Gary Bowers, Chief Engineer
"We sunk a borehole underneath the hotel to access the water source," commented Gary Bowers, chief engineer, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. "This allows us to pump enough water through our reverse osmosis plant in order to keep our hotel's freshwater tank full at all times."
Clinton Thom, general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront said: "We are delighted to have implemented an alternate water source with our desalination plant. Using a desalination plant allows us to operate completely off the municipal water supply. Through this, we are able to play our part when it comes to water saving during this water-scarce time. Our guests can rest assured that they are not putting pressure on local water supply when staying with us."
Commenting on the initiative, CEO of Cape Town Tourism Enver Duminy said: "We applaud Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town for taking this step. Only 1% of people in the Western Cape, at any one time, are comprised of overseas tourists and visitors, but it’s essential that the tourism industry leads the way in sustainable practices."
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