While citizens have been encouraged to utilise grey water from showers, sinks and washing-machine cycles, businesses often have to incorporate other water-saving methods. CSS has put measures put into place like changing hand-basin tap heads.
“It’s gone from between six and nine litres a minute, to around 0.9 litres a minute, which is just a fine spray that comes out of the taps,” Tworeck says.
Additional steps include putting bricks into toilet cisterns, which allows for the same amount of water pressure when flushing but with less water usage.
“We’re now down to about 3.5 litres of water per flush,” Tworeck says, “and even though we’re using desalinated water, we’ve really tried to limit our water consumption.” Toilets can use anywhere from six to 13 litres per flush, depending on the model and make.
The showers on the premises have been fitted with low-flow showerheads, which reduces consumption to three litres per minute. There are also buckets to catch the grey water. This is perfect for a quick 90-second shower during the current drought.
Install low-flow showerheads to lower the water pressure per minute. Another innovative practice by City Sightseeing is the harvesting of water from the air conditioner. This is used by staff for handwashing, along with mopping and cleaning the buses.
The easily recognisable red buses are on a once-a-week washing schedule to help ease the pressure of using water during the crisis.
These practices have been implemented across the City Sightseeing tour offices. The harvested water from air conditioners is also used to water plants around the various offices.
Staff are fully on board to assist in implementing these simple changes and are using these practices at home, too.