The Western Cape is in the grip of a devastating drought with fears that the city of Cape Town’s water supply could run out by the end of June. In this difficult time, it is important that we as an event and all our stakeholders make an effort to save water.
At the Absa Cape Epic we will be taking several steps to this end and ask for your support:
- Please note that the bike wash will restrict water usage by limiting its service to essential cleaning. In other words, moving parts will be thoroughly cleaned but the rest of the bike will only be wiped down. Efficient, water saving hoses will also be used.
- Riders, crew and all stakeholders in the race villages are please requested to keep their shower time to under two-and-a-half minutes;
- We have worked with each venue to understand their requirements and needs and where possible, water from showers, wash basins, catering and elsewhere will be piped for irrigation and in other instances water will be re-used by the venue
- New plumbing has been installed at water points to stop leakages and to be more efficient and rider showers are fitted with eco smart Hansgrohe shower heads;
- Official Absa Cape Epic vehicles will not be washed during the event. This includes the race’s official Land Rovers, media quad bikes and motorbikes, rented Avis vehicles and Sport taxis;
- We will not be watering race village grass or roads (in the past this has been done to control dust levels);
- The Epic Trippers programme will also have limited bikes wash facilities and two-and-a-half minute showers. The participants’ shower water will be collected in buckets and used for the next day’s bike wash;
- Sponsors will be joining us by saving water at their activations and in other areas;
- The event will include ‘water wise’ signage to help raise awareness.
We will be making every effort to make sure that water saving is front of mind in the race villages and you will hear a lot about this from us. But we would ask that every one of you join us in saving every drop wherever possible.
Fast facts and tips
- Running water whilst brushing your teeth can waste up to 400 litres of water per month – close the tap and use a mug to rinse your toothbrush
- Ensure all taps are closed tightly – a dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres a day
- Shower instead of bath and take a short shower – a standard showerhead can use as much as 16 litres per minute
- Fix leaks immediately – leaking taps, showerheads and toilets are one of the main culprits of water wastage
- Defrost foods in the fridge or microwave rather than placing it under running water