Cape Water Crisis: Bloem hotel pays it forward by donating water to guest coming to the Cape

2017-12-06 15:56 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As the drought continues to impact Cape Town and the province at large, key tourism players are doing their utmost to make sure that visitors to the city are aware of these difficult times. 

BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is donating 5 litres of water to all guests passing through on their way to Cape Town during their #halfway2everywhere campaign.

Currently, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape is facing a severe drought with level 5 water restrictions and dams at less than 13.5%. As of 1 January, 2018 Level 6 water restrictions will be implemented, which will see even tighter measures in place - which sees limitations on the use of municipal and ground water.

Currently residents are limited to 87 litres per person per day and Day Zero is looming, set for 20 Mya 2018. 

"If Day Zero happens, every Cape Town resident will have to queue for water at one of the 200 collection points across the city and will be rationed to 25 litres per person per day. We urge you to please join this water drive to help the people of Cape Town," says the hotel. 

SEE: WATCH: This is what the City of Cape Town's plan is for Day Zero

Pieter van Rooyen, General Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, says that when the rest of the country rallied to assist the Free State during a recent drought, especially the farmers who were in dire need of water, he thought it fitting to pay back the kindness and return the favour.

"BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is #halfway2everywhere, so, if you are travelling to Cape Town, why not make a pitstop?" says the hotel. "All guests staying at the hotel will receive 5 litres of water on check-out to take along with them."

ALSO SEE: Cape Water Crisis: Day Zero 'moved' as city prepares for 2m tourists

The hotel says Deon Smit from Water Shortage South Africa is collecting donations from around SA, and can be contacted for locations of the water drop-off points. 

Water donations to Water Shortage South Africa can also be made via Uber.

The ride-hailing app says that until 7 December, it is challenging its customers to ride for a reason, and will "donate 2% of Uber’s service fee for every trip taken on the UberWATER view to Water Shortage South Africa".

SEE: Cape Water Crisis: Mother City gets tourism water saving campaigns underway

How does it work?

Open your Uber app until 7 December 2017, swipe left on the vehicle options and select the ‘UberWATER’ view, request a ride as usual and spread the news to help raise as much as water as possible, says Uber.

"The UberWATER vehicle view will be turned off once we reach 38 000 cups of water," says Uber.

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