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Water company H2O International to suspend water refilling service across Cape

Water purification company H2O International has announced that it will suspend its water refilling service from 1 February.

Many water shops and businesses selling treated municipal water have come under the microscope in Cape Town amid a debate about ethics and so-called 'water profiteers'.

Read: Why you should think twice about stockpiling bottled water

H20 International has 17 stores across the Western Cape and has denied wasting any municipal water in its water purification processes.

Managing director Tony Marchesini explains that the core business for H20 International is selling water purification systems, and not refilling water containers for customers.

As many Capetonians stock up on water in preparation for Day Zero, there have been several reports of scuffles and long queues at local watershops.

Also read: Oasis says doors remain open for buying and refilling of water in CT

Marchesini says the decision to suspend the refilling service is in line with the City's level 6B water restrictions which kick in from February.

From the 1st of February, we are going to suspend refilling of water bottles, in line with the 6B restrictions.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

We will not be selling any treated water within the H20 stores.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

We've taken an ethical decision. We are a very responsible company. We are Westsern-Cape based company so we can feel the anxiety.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

We do not use reverse osmosis.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

1 litre goes into our water purifiers and 1 litre comes out.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

We never foresaw the panic that happened over the weekend.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

It's gotten really out of hand with queues of people demanding that we refill 20 and 25 litre bottles.

Tony Marchesini, MD of H2O International South Africa

Take a listen to H20 International boss Tony Marchesini explain:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Water company H2O International to suspend water refilling service across Cape


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