Environmental Sustainability Water

The CTICC recognises its responsibility to conserve water, just as it is a concern for the City of Cape Town. One of our most significant initiatives during 2018 was the installation of the centre’s reverse osmosis plant. This is complemented by a variety of water saving activities, including harvesting greywater and rainwater for use inside and outside the building.

Our Water Saving Initiatives

  • Accurately monitoring our water consumption by means of individual water meters to ensure early identification of management interventions
  • As a standard we supply re-usable glass bottles filled from our reverse osmosis plants to all meeting rooms
  • The flora in our centre are water wise plants watered via drip-irrigation
  • We utilise soft-touch taps and dual flush systems in the restrooms
  • Our kitchens have water saving taps and washing facilities
  • We use rainwater storage tanks, which capture up to 265 000 litres of water at a time. The water is used for the irrigation of indoor plants, cleaning and, during the winter months, it is also routed to the cooling towers of the central air-conditioning system.
  • About 20 000 litres of water is captured from air-conditioning condensate a week, this is used for cleaning purposes.
  • The centre reduces dishwashing loads and water use by not using tablecloths, using disposable napkins, biodegradable cups in our coffee shops, and providing our clients with the option to use this type of crockery at their events
  • Minimising water usage with aerators in all taps in both the kitchens and ablutions
  • Monitoring activities from exhibitors and orders for plumbing, we also only allow sand or sea water-filled ballasts.

Our Reverse Osmosis Plant

All of the water we use, including in the kitchens and drinkable water from the taps, is from the reverse osmosis plant, which has a 15-year lifespan.

The plant extracts underground seawater using ultra-filtration, and reverse osmosis technology that removes the salt and contaminants from the water by pushing it through a semi-permeable membrane at high pressure. This plant produces purified and fully potable water that complies with the SANS/SABS 241 of 2015 Standard for Drinking Water.

 

It is purposely designed to cater to all our daily water consumption needs by being able to produce 200 000 litres of drinking water in a 24-hour cycle.

 

The plant integrates an additional storage tank with a capacity of 400 000 litres, which accommodates for our maximum demand scenarios. In conjunction with our water storage capacity, we are able to provide twice our regular daily water consumption, which means that we can offer 100% water neutral events.

2019

Best Sustainable Development Communication

UFI Sustainable Development Awards

2019

Commendation for Best Sustainability Practice

UFI Sustainable Development Awards

2016

Commendation for Best Sustainability Practice

UFI Sustainable Development Awards

2015

Commendation for Best Sustainability Practice

UFI Sustainable Development Awards

2019

Meetings Africa Medium Stand Award Winner

UFI Sustainable Development Awards

2018

Lilizela Universal Accessibility Award

Lilizela Universal Accessibility Award Local and National

2019

Lilizela Universal Accessibility Award

Lilizela Universal Accessibility Award Local and National

2013

Best Overall Environmental Management System

Imvelo Awards

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