Tech company, Siemens have come up with a creative experiment to highlight the water crisis. The Siemens AirDrop Initiative will allow for up to 5 000 litres of water to be delivered to Cape Town on Friday.
The initiative will allow travellers to swop their unused luggage allowance kilograms for litres of water to be delivered to drought stricken Western Cape on their behalf.
Siemens said that travellers are allowed between 23-32 kilograms of luggage, depending on the airline, and the majority of them don’t use their full allowance.
The company further said that travellers whose luggage is five or more kilograms under the weight limit will be able to ‘exchange’ their unused kilograms for litres of water that will be delivered to Cape Town International Airport.
Passengers will be able to either collect their free water to use during their stay in Cape Town, or opt to leave it at a collection point at the Cape Town International Airport.
Keshin Govender, Head of Communications for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, said that the Siemens AirDrop initiative is a one-day experiment to create awareness and see how fast they can get 5 000 litres of water from Johannesburg to the Mother City, using already scheduled flights.
She said it is not a long-term project, but was intended to inspire creative solutions during the water crisis.
City of Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille said on Monday that dam levels now stand at 34.2% down from 35.1% last week.
The Mayor also said water consumption has increased again. Cape Town has gone from using an average of 611 million litres per day last week, to an average of 628 million litres per day this week.