It’s time to get Cape Town and the surrounding province back on your bucket list, as earlier this month, Western Cape officials launched the world’s first water-offset tool, My Water Foot Print – the aim to boost water-wise tourism.
Created by Wesgro, in conjunction with For Love of Water (FLOW), the offset tool is one facet of a wider campaign to encourage more tourists to visit the Cape, and be water conscious while they are there.
The My Water Footprint Tool, allows you to calculate your daily water usage, and then to offset this usage by donating money to water conservation projects.
Wesgro claims the new reality of climate change will increasingly affect cities around the world, the ‘Cape Town Model’ for dealing with climate change showing other destinations how tourism can be an important part of the solution.
Through an interactive interface, you can select how many showers you plan on taking, how many water-based beverages you will consume and how many times your room will be cleaned, as well as declare and quantify any other water consuming practices that will take place during your visit to the Cape. Based on the information given, a calculator built into the tool will generate ‘flowcoins’ – a currency created around water usage. You can then use these ‘flowcoins’ to offset their usage to water-saving projects, thereby supporting local water initiatives.
The water conservation initiatives include:
- The Greater Cape Town Water Fund – which removes alien invasive plant species to save billions of litres of water
- The Smart Water Meter Challenge – a special campaign aimed at saving water at schools across Cape Town through the installation of a water monitoring device, called the Dropula. The system monitors water usage and flow and provides information that can help inform opportunities to save water.