After a long period of drought, this metropolis of four million people was almost literally high and dry. Only numerous water donations and investments in desalination plants for seawater permitted its inhabitants to be saved from the worst, namely water rationed to 25 litres per person a day.
That still sounds like a lot of water for each individual. But it’s not: what with washing dishes, drinking, flushing toilets, showering, etc.,
in Germany for example each person consumes an average of 129 litres of drinking water a day. A mindful approach to water
Its growing scarcity means that it is important to be careful with water. Did you know, for example, that an economy valve
can reduce water consumption by up to half? So, when showering, you use only six litres of water a minute instead of twelve. We have been using such economy fittings in the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol
for a very long time now and have thus been able to significantly reduce our water consumption. Collection containers or collection basins
also make it possible to gather rainwater in an efficient way and reuse it in situations where clean drinking water would otherwise be employed. For example, rainwater can be effectively “recycled” with appropriate systems for use in sprinkler systems or flushing toilets. Rainwater is also much more compatible and nutrient-rich for the soil and plants than conventional tap water – what is more, this method saves a lot of pocket money.
Incidentally, the water on tap in the Vitalpina Hotels is top-quality drinking water
from over 2,000 continuously monitored South Tyrolean natural springs. The Vitalpina Hotels also serve natural spring water from the tap with your meal. Our water is extremely valuable and should not therefore be seen as simply free: it is vital that we sensitise our guests to this fact. Climate project for clean drinking water
Water is almost infinitely available in Europe. But, on other continents on our planet, water is in short supply. Above all, it is the scarcity of clean water
that poses a major problem in certain places. We at the Vitalpina Hotels want to make a small contribution by investing in drinking water projects in Uganda and Kenya,
thus giving 50,000 people in Uganda access to clean drinking water. A water treatment plant kills pathogens, while mobile measuring devices permit the local people to check the quality of the water themselves at any time. We also support families in rural Kenya, where we are investing in a drinking water treatment and supply project. Exercise
Count how often you turn the tap on and off in one day
– you’ll be surprised! Or try and consciously imagine what a normal day would be like if you didn’t have access to water. After that, you will surely be more aware of and economical with our planet’s most valuable resource.