Dealing with power and water cuts

  • 14 September 2015 | Zimkhitha Sulelo
It's always best to be prepared for the unexpected. Image courtesy of The Bees

Unfortunately, power and water cuts do occur and could cause a lot of inconvenience for service providers which is why it’s important to have a plan in place.

Preparing for when things go wrong can be a costly exercise, especially if it means buying new equipment such a generator or installing an alternative water system. These are long-term solutions, but there are practical things hospitality service providers can do to reduce the impact of power and water cuts.

Get to know your service providers

Most municipalities schedule their power or water cuts in advance and will be able to tell consumers how long they will last. Having this information can help you plan ahead, allowing you to inform your guests in advance. Eliminating the surprise element will also give your staff time to think of creative ways to prepare meals or entertain guests.

Be aware of your consumption

There are water and power cuts simply because there are not enough resources. The best way to mitigate this is to reduce our consumption. Knowing how much water or electricity you use on a daily basis can also help you cut costs. The money you save can go towards a long-term solution for your hotel. Try to adopt green solutions and encourage your staff and guests to do the same.

Investigate alternative plans

Find green initiatives in your area and ask for more information. Ask the professionals to come around and have a look at the best way to get alternative power or water in your area. You might find quick and cost-effective alternatives that work for you.

Have a long-term plan

No one knows if we will ever say goodbye to water and power cuts permanently. So the best way to prepare is to draft a long-term plan that works for your hotel. This may include finding a way to collect rainwater to use later, or investing in a solar system.