MAURITIUS RESORT INSTALLS OWN DESALINATION PLANT
The Trou aux Biches Resort and Spa on Mauritius is in the process of installing its own desalination plant, as renovations and expansion of the resort is ongoing. The new plant is due to produce some 450 CM per day, against an estimated use of about 600 CM per day, but according to sources this will still reduce by half the water coming from the ‘pipes’ from the island’s main water company, reducing pressure on the supply of the precious liquid, made difficult by prevailing drought conditions.
Tourist however, lured to the island by glossy brochures and inventive marketing, are not happy about water shortages, a reason why the resort’s owners decided to invest in their own desalination installation. Websites like TripAdvisor and others are giving tourists an instant outlet to voice complaints in the global arena, and hotels and resorts are loath to read about their shortcomings, even when true, as it can cause substantial damage to their reputation and lead to falling demand, when the ‘grade averages’ shown on TripAdvisor and other sites are trending downwards. Not it appears at the Trou aux Biches though, where their need for fresh water is taken care of from later this year onwards ‘in house’.