City Lodge is making it easier for guests to stay hydrated with their Hydration Stations, currently being rolled out at the group’s hotels. The water filtration units supply magnesium-enriched filtered water to guests free of charge, without the carbon footprint associated with single-use plastic water bottles.
Hydration Stations will be located in the public areas of hotels, next to the vending and ice machines. By the end of March, 43 of the group’s 56 hotels in South Africa will have the Stations, with the remaining 13 hotels to follow suit. The R1.3-million investment into an enhanced guest experience has been well-received so far, and the water dispensers have been particularly popular in the mornings.
The filtration units are supplied by Best Water Technology (BWT) and purify municipal water (regular tap water) while adding magnesium for improved taste. The BWT magnesium mineralised water filters use patented magnesium technology which exchanges calcium ions for magnesium ions. Reducing the pH level and enriching the water with magnesium creates delicious tasting water. The units have capacity to filter approximately 30 to 40 litres per hour.
Guests are encouraged to use their own reusable bottles or cups, or purchase reusable water bottles from reception. Glass tumblers will also be available for on-the-go hydration. Reusable glass water bottles and/or jugs will be provided for delegates using the conference and meeting rooms and boardrooms.
“We are excited to launch this new offering that dispenses free, filtered water for our guests and removes as many single-use plastic water bottles from the system as possible. At City Lodge Hotel Group, we are on a ‘sustainabili-tree’ journey to lighten our carbon footprint. Essentially, like the tree in our logo, we integrate sustainability initiatives into our operations, branching off in several directions at once – solar power; energy and water conservation; reduced single-use plastic; community upliftment; waste reduction and recycling; animal anti-cruelty; and technology to reduce paper use while offering safe, contactless operations. We embrace sustainable business practices and believe that guests, like ourselves, are keen to do their bit and appreciate having eco-friendly alternatives to hand,” explains Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, chief operating officer.