This is our collective problem. At Virgin Active, we decided to respond to the problem and looked at where we could make immediate changes in our operations.
So, we made a decision to turn off the saunas and steam rooms given the amount of water required to run the facilities, not only in operation but also in cleaning and the additional showers members take. We did this with good intention.
We do however realise some may think we are benefitting from the financial savings of turning off the facilities while you’ve had something taken away.
However in parallel to immediately reducing water usage in response to severe City water restriction, we are investing money to proactively reduce water consumption.
These are long term measures that will still apply even in times of plenty.
The long and short of it is that if we don’t take action now, we will be in position where any facilities requiring water will need to be turned off.
THE STUFF YOU CAN’T SEE
We want to make sure you can keep swimming. We’ve installed rainwater tanks at 20 clubs across the province, and the harvested water is used to top up pools. No drinking water is used to keep the pools full.
WHAT YOU CAN SEE
The difference a flush can make
On average, a single flush toilet uses around 12 litres of water per flush, whereas a dual flush toilet uses only 4.5 litres per full flush and 3 litres per half flush. That’s a massive water reduction.
What about plugs?
A standard tap uses between 15 and 18 litres per minute while a water efficient tap can use less than 6 litres per minute. By installing low flow aerated taps as with our shower heads we’ve reduced water usage by 65% in our basins. We’ve also provided plugs in the hope that members will half fill a basin rather than letting taps run.
The power shower
We get that you want to shower after your workout. We’ve fitted the best low flow shower heads and faucet aerators, and we’ve managed to reduce water consumption in our showers from 16 to 7.5 litres per a minute. If you power shower for 2 minutes, you’ll use 16l. You’ll use even less if you turn off the tap while you lather up.
OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU
If each person in the province limits their water usage to 87l of water a day, we have a hope of making it through a long, hot summer. That’s a total of 87l a day, not 87l when you visit Virgin Active and then another 87l at work plus another 87l at home. 87l in total for the day. That’s it!
It’s the magic number we all need to stick to.
EVERY DROP COUNTS!