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greening your lodging - water conservation

Money Saving Tips - Water Conservation
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  • Cover your pool to reduce evaporation. Pool covering also helps to keep the pool clean and will reduce heating bills. Drain pool only when necessary.

  • Implement a linen and towel reuse program.

  • Install reduced flow shower heads. Some come with filters that filter out chlorine.

  • Repair leaky taps and toilets. Implement a preventive maintenance program to catch leaks.

  • Install waterless urinals.

  • Install dual flush toilets. These can use less than one gallon per flush compared to standard 1.5-gallon models.

  • Install low-flow faucet aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks. In most cases, aerators can be installed without having to replace the entire faucet.

  • In public areas of the hotel, use faucets that incorporate motion sensing or infrared on/off technology.

  • Purchase water-efficient dishwashers.

  • Collect rainwater and use it for lawn and landscaping irrigation.

  • Do not use running water to defrost food.

  • Do not let the tap run while cleaning vegetables. Rinse them in a plugged sink.

  • Use a broom rather than a hose to clean outdoor paths and paved areas.

  • Water grass and plants only when needed.

  • Water early in the morning or late in the afternoon when evaporation is minimal.

  • Water the roots of plants, not the leaves.

  • Switch off automatic sprinkling systems during rainy periods.

  • Reduce your lawn area by using native shrubs and plants. They require less water.

  • Mulching can prevent up to 70 percent of evaporative loss.

  • Consider closed-loop or reclamation systems that recycle water.

  • Incorporate separate water meters throughout the property.

  • Set targets for water consumption.

  • Implement a procedure for staff to report problems involving water waste.

  • Check all drain stoppers in bathtubs and sinks regularly to ensure proper function and seal.

  • Clean all aerators and showerheads regularly to ensure optimal water flow.

  • Make sure spout diverters in the bathtub are in working order.

  • Drip irrigation systems are much more efficient than sprinklers.

  • Place signage at the back of the house to encourage water conservation.

  • Pool or beach showers should be controlled with a pull chain.

  • Serve water in the restaurant by request only.

  • In meeting rooms, serve water in pitchers but do not pre-pour water in glasses.

  • Retrofit flushometer (tank-less) toilets with water-saving diaphragms, which save one gallon (20 percent) per flush.

  • Set urinals with programmable automatic flush valves to a water-saving mode that flushes the urinal after more than one use.

  • Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.

  • Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up.

  • Insulate your water pipes.

  • Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness.

  • Pre-rinse nozzles in the kitchen can save tens of thousands of gallons of water per year.

  • Plant drought-tolerant plants.

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