As you may be aware the Western Cape of South Africa is currently experiencing a drought, due to three years of lower than average rainfall.
Mont Rochelle is located in Franschhoek, approximately 65km North East of Cape Town, and is in the very fortunate position of running solely on borehole water and has been doing so for the past 4 years, we do not rely on the municipal water grid at all.
Will it affect your stay?
Whilst we do not have any water restrictions at Mont Rochelle we are very much playing our part and have introduced several water saving initiatives.
What are we doing to help?
- Hand towels have been replaced with paper towels in the public area bathrooms
- Hand sanitizer is now in all public area bathrooms and we ask guests to use it over soap and water
- Aerators have been installed in all the taps and showers to reduce our water usage
- We’re actively encouraging guests to take showers instead of baths
- Guest towels will be washed if they’re placed in the bath
- Bed linen will be changed on request (not automatically)
- Irrigation on the estate grounds have been switched off
- The hammam has been temporarily closed
What’s happening in the Western Cape?
The Western Cape of South Africa is experiencing a drought due to three consecutive years of lower than average rainfall. The current situation creates innovative solutions – Government, citizens and the private sector are stepping up to the challenge to ensure visitors are not affected and can book with confidence.
- The drought is regionally specific and has not affected the rest of South Africa. Just 90 minutes away from Cape Town in popular destinations such as Hermanus, there are no water restrictions whatsoever
- Nearby farming communities have contributed 10 billion litres to alleviate the situation
- Cape Town’s Mayor has vowed to “not allow a well-run city to run out of water” and plans are being implemented to tap into other sources of water
- The most senior officials working on this crisis firmly believe that although it will take an effort by all involved, Cape Town will avoid what has been called “Day Zero”
- Day Zero is the hypothetical day when dam levels might fall below 13.5% and Cape Town residents would be restricted to 25litres of water per day in order to ensure that the dams do not run dry. It is NOT the day that Cape Town runs out of water
- Even in the unlikely event of Day Zero visitors will still be able to enjoy the diverse and world-class experiences Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer
- Although sporadic, it continues to rain in Cape Town. The city is hopeful that winter rains will be sufficient to fill our dams
- International tourists account for just 1% of water usage In Cape Town during peak season
- The impact of tourism on water consumption is insignificant compared to the benefit that tourism brings to the city – tourism directly creates 320,000 jobs and brings with it around R40 billion in investment each year
- Cape Town has already managed to bring down water consumption from pre-restriction levels of 1.1 billion litres a day to current consumption of 585 million litres per day
- A new desalination plant in the V&A Waterfront will produce 2 million litres of water per day‚ and will be operational in March 2018
- The new desalination plant will be one of a network of 8 desalination plants spread across the city. The plants will together provide 108 million litres of water per day
- Cape Town’s city centre has been designated a ‘continuous water supply’ area which means that the impact of a potential Day Zero will be minimal on international visitors.
Our guest’s experience is still of the utmost importance, and we will continue to deliver our usual friendly service and of course ensure your stay is fun! We hope to see you at Mont Rochelle soon.