Cape Town is currently experiencing a severe drought, the amount of water used is restricted to 50 litres per person per day for all uses wherever you are throughout your day (May 2018).
Waterford Guest House utilizes filtered and treated fresh water from our borehole to supply the apartments. We do however ask guests to be water conscious at all times and not to use excessive amounts of water. To conserve water the bed linen will be changed weekly for our long term guests. Clean towels are available as required but we ask our guests to please hang up and re-use their towels as long as possible. The bore hole enables us to maintain the water level in the swimming pool and to irrigate the garden although the indigenous garden has been planned to require very little or no watering at all.
We have installed a 'grid tied' solar photo voltaic system that usually supplies sufficient power during the daytime to meet all the needs of the Guest House and saving over 10 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
95% of our lighting uses either LED or Florescent lamps.
All laundry is washed using filtered bore hole water and Eco Friendly products on the cold water cycle.
The one acre garden is totally indigenous, requiring very little watering. Over the years only water wise and water resistant plants have been incorporated, many plants have been specifically chosen to encourage the bird life, butterflies and bee population. No pesticides allowed! Our two resident pet hens do a great job of pest control.
We propagate and plant a Spekboom plant for each reservation (to offset guests' carbon footprint).
We recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, tins, plastic, metal and styro-foam waste.
All our guests are encouraged to make use of the compost buckets provided for all compostable waste. The veggie patch is very happy to be fed and mulched with this waste and in return our guests are invited to pick whichever fresh veggies are ready for eating.
As far as possible only natural and bio-degradable eco-friendly cleaning products are used.
Single use plastic is used as little as possible. Re-usable shopping bags are supplied to our guests.
Wherever possible we use refillable dispensers and non-aerosol sprays.
We always try to use local suppliers for our purchases and maintenance.