As Africa’s leading sustainable ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris is constantly looking at ways to not only increase its positive contribution to the protection of Africa’s wilderness areas, but also at ways to mitigate any negative impacts its operations may have on the environment.
One area of concern for us was the use of plastic water bottles, which is why we embarked on an aggressive water conservation programme to reduce this usage by introducing aluminium Wilderness Safaris water bottles for guests to use throughout our safari camps across Africa.
We are delighted to report the following savings:
- Bottled water use in 2012 – 607 178 of 0.5 litres
- Bottled water use in 2015 – 191 589 of 0.5 litres
- Saving – 434 216 bottles of 0.5 litres
Resulting in a reduction of 18 880 litres of crude oil = saving of 37.4 tonnes of CO2
This equates to an incredible 21.7 one-way economy class flights from Johannesburg to Heathrow!
Other Water-saving Processes at Wilderness Safaris
Reverse Osmosis Filtration
Reverse osmosis is a process that cleans water to the extent that all pathogens, bacteria, and dissolved minerals are removed and for the most part only allows the H2O molecule to pass through the system, producing purified water. This system should be used together with Wilderness re-usable bottles to produce camp bottled water and hence reduce the use of bottled water that is delivered to the camp. This not only reduces the carbon footprint due to reduced deliveries, but also reduces the petroleum needed to produce plastic bottles as well as the amount of plastic waste.
Wilderness Safaris helps to protect the precious water systems of the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Mana Pools
Water Saving Shower Heads and Tap Aerators
Water efficient shower heads use less than 10 litres per minute while typical shower heads use anything from 15 to 25 litres per minute.
Written by Warren Ozorio, Wilderness Safaris Sustainability Manager