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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. Place mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.

• Switch off automatic sprinkling systems during rainy periods. Investigate high-tech sprinkler controllers that know when not to water.

• 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. Some laundry systems offer this capability.

• 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.

• Implement an ozone laundry system that requires less water to wash linens and towels.

• Water-softening systems can reduce the amount of scale build-up in pipes and ultimately help reduce water consumption as well.

• Participate in programs such at the EPA’s WaterSense initiative.

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