Broll Namibia recently launched a water savings campaign aimed at educating tenants and shoppers at its properties about the current water crisis in the country, and the importance of saving water.
“The water savings campaign was initiated after the City of Windhoek’s call to the public for support in using at least 40 percent less water than the norm, but also in our realisation of the dire situation we find ourselves in with regards to our current water supply to central Namibia, and the consequences of not adhering to saving water as a matter of urgency.
“It is important to protect the environment in which we operate and to look after the natural heritage of our beautiful country for generations to come,” said Broll Namibia managing director Marco Wenk.
Broll Namibia’s PR manager, Sylvia Rusch, says over the past six months Wernhil Park was one of the main focus areas within the Broll Namibia property portfolio in ensuring all water wastage was curbed in its entirety.
“Within all our properties we initiated various audits via our risk and management teams and findings resulted in saving water by way of fixing leaks, replacing worn pipes, as well as installing water saving/self-closing metered taps and new flush valves in all our toilets.
“The next step, however, was to ensure that actual usage is reduced through raising awareness and through educating people on the seriousness of our current water crises, and also to advise them on easy water saving tips. Another important point was to inform our tenants, shoppers and the general public of the crucial contact numbers – centre management, as well as the City of Windhoek – in case they come across a water leakage and/or pipe burst.
“The initiative is mainly focused on tenant and shopper awareness, but ultimately also to make the general public aware of our plight to save water within our buildings but also in their private capacity at home,” said Rusch.
Wernhil Park’s tenants have some 1 000 employees. Current foot count to the shopping centre totals over 1.15 million people per month. The Broll Namibia water savings campaign elements include a water saving tip brochure, water saving stickers with the contact numbers, water saving posters, water saving T-shirts, which are worn by all the Broll Namibia staff, as well as social media engagement.