Your Concerns About “Day Zero” Answered by Century City Conference Centre

With the recent announcement that “Day Zero” would not happen this year we, along with the rest of the hospitality industry, cannot help but feel some form of relief. However, they say every cloud has a silver lining, and what’s come of this disaster, is a fundamental shift in attitude regarding water; saving water, finding innovative ways to use less or re-use it, and entrench it in our every-day operations.

However, daily consumption in the Western Cape remains far above the limit, and water restrictions are still in place.

Thankfully, the recent water crisis was never a deterrent to conferences and exhibitions held at the Century City Conference Centre. It was business as usual for us, and here’s why.

Green Design Equals Sustainability:

  1. It is easy to go greener when you started off that way. The Century City Conference Centre and Hotel was purpose built to conserve resources, and it is officially rated a 5-star Green Building.
  2. Among the water saving measures already part of the existing structure are a dual piping system that allows for grey water to be used for flushing toilets. Our centre is one of only a handful in the world to feature this sort of water-saving innovation.
  3. Storage tanks – that carry enough water to service the entire facility for two days at constant water pressure – are in place on the rooftops.
  4. To help guests reduce their use of water, flow restrictors are installed in every hotel bathroom, along with shower timers that sound a brief alarm after two minutes of water flow.

Our planning to create a sustainable water source, independent of the municipal supply continues, by means of borehole and/or an on-site filtration plant.

The Broader Picture of Sustainability & Economic Development

The recent water crisis has resulted in tourists questioning whether they should still be coming to Cape Town this year. There has been a perception/ misconception that this would place additional strain on the city’s water resources. However, the tourism sector has worked tirelessly at protecting this industry.

Tourism is a critical pillar of the Western Cape’s economy and we are all working together to maintain an industry that directly and indirectly employs more than 300 000 people.

With the above in mind, we guarantee a safe and secure environment for all our hotel and conference guests and have no doubt that we will keep our taps flowing responsibly.

The Century City Conference Centre is looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city this September for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon!


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