Namibia is experiencing its driest year in more than 50 years and to encourage all our staff at head office to be aware of this, not only at their own homes but also at work, our Namibia environmental team has started a new initiative to save water. A notice board has been placed in front of the main building and is now updated each morning.
In order to achieve their 40% target on saving water, the monthly water usage per person per day in our Windhoek office will be displayed on the notice board and the trend will be monitored to see if we are achieving our target. In addition, any suggestions and ideas will also be displayed and everyone will do their best to stick to these suggestions.
Another water-saving initiative is the Green Machine waterless mobile car washing system. Our fleet of Wilderness Land Rovers and Land Cruisers as well as our staffs’ private cars will now be washed by the Green Machine. This is an environmentally friendly, waterless car washing system that is based around water-soluble wax. The wax is sprayed onto the body of the car and holds the dirt in suspension. It is then wiped off leaving a velvety smooth and protective covering. The Green Machine saves 200 litres of water for every vehicle it washes and uses just 750 ml of water per car.
Since the start of the campaign in July, Wilderness Safaris and Wilderness Air Namibia staff have already managed a 25% water use reduction, from 14 to 10.5 litres per person per day since last month.
Environmental Officer Jack Chakanga has the last word: “Well done guys and let’s keep this up and continue saving water. A special thank you goes to Louis and Ketji for drinking espresso – this has really helped to save water… just look at how tiny the cups are! Thank you gentlemen.”