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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption--both inside and outside of the hotel building. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Water Conservation

Home Water Conservation
Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption--both inside and outside of the hotel building. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Royal Classic Flushometer Commemorates Sloan’s 100-Year Anniversary

FRANKLIN PARK, ILL.—Sloan Valve Co., which is celebrating 100 years in business in 2006, has announced a special addition to its manual Flushometer product line: the new Royal Classic. This model is a replica of the flush valve that Sloan’s founder, William E. Sloan, introduced in 1906. The Royal Classic, designed with the original Royal’s bell-like top and white, porcelain handle, is available in brushed nickel, polished nickel, polished brass, chrome plate and gold plate finishes. The Royal Classic features the Dual Filtered Fixed By-Pass Diaphragm, which keeps debris from clogging the Flushometer and prevents valve run-on;...

CHAMP Enables Southwest Florida Hotels to Dramatically Reduce Water Consumption

BROOKSVILLE, FLA.—A total of 219 hotels are saving hundreds of millions gallons of water a year thanks to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (CHAMP). Water CHAMP is a linens and towels reuse program that encourages hotel and motel guests to agree to use their linens and towels for an additional day or two of their stay. “The program has been very successful,” says Dorian Morgan, senior communications coordinator for Brooksville, Fla.-based SWFWMD. “Participating hotels quickly see the financial benefits.” SWFWMD purchases program materials from Project Planet Corp., Dawsonville, Ga., and provides them free...

Ten Years and 6,000 Hotels Later, Project Planet Still going Strong

DAWSONVILLE, GA.—The easiest way to conserve water is to not use it in the first place. That is the message Project Planet Corp. has been pushing for more than 10 years now through its linen and towel re-use program. With approximately 6,000 hotels around the world participating, the venture has been a tremendous success. Project Planet was launched in 1995 by John Stanley, president and owner. The three-employee, Dawsonville, Ga.-based company sells door hangers, table brochures, pillow cards, posters, stickers, training videos and guest response cards. Hotels that participate in the program change bed linens every third...

Sloan Valve Adds Finishes to its Guildmark Collection

FRANKLIN PARK, ILL.—Sloan Valve Co. has expanded its Guildmark Collection with a new palate of bold, decorative finishes for select sensor-operated faucets and manual Flushometers. The broadened array of finishes, which come with either satin or polished coatings, includes fresh, contemporary colors such as Verdi (green) and Coco Bronze, in addition to classic favorites such as Nickel and Brass. New choices include Satin Copper, Polished Copper and Black finishes in the Powder Coated collection, as well as Antique Bronze, Coco Bronze and Verdi in the Vintage collection. These finishes fit the décor of restrooms in all types of...

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Water-Saving Initiatives Generate Big Savings

TORONTO—Without negatively impacting the guest experience, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ 37 owned and managed properties have implemented a wide range of water-saving initiatives to reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. The programs are part of Fairmont Green Partnership, a plan the Toronto-based company launched 16 years ago. The installation of low-flow showerheads, low-flush toilets and tap aerators are corporate standards throughout Fairmont. Additionally, all resort properties participate in sheet and towel reuse programs to conserve water resources by reducing the frequency of guest linen laundering. Engineering initiatives also have been instrumental in conserving water. “Our programs have...

EPA Launches WaterSense, a Water Efficiency Program

SAN ANTONIO—WaterSense, a new water efficiency program launched by EPA, will educate American consumers on making smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. “Efficient products and informed consumers lead to smart water use,” says EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “EPA’s WaterSense program will provide water solutions that are a win-win for our wallets and our environment. WaterSense just makes sense. WaterSense advances President Bush’s cooperative conservation goals through education, not regulation—spreading the ethic of water efficiency and promoting the tools to make wise water choices.” The WaterSense program aims to...

Waterless Co., No-Flush Urinal Manufacturer, Celebrates 15th Anniversary

VISTA, CALIF.—Waterless Co. LLC, manufacturer of Waterless No-Flush urinals, announces the celebration of its 15 years in business. The company was started in 1991 with the goal of helping to reduce wasteful water usage and establish a new industry segment for non-water restroom fixtures. The company was the very first manufacturer of waterless urinals in the United States. “We are very proud of having introduced this technology to the market,” says Klaus Reichardt, managing partner of the company. “And with the continued introduction of more products and innovations, our company is expanding into more countries as well.” ...

Green Restaurant Association Endorses use of Waterless No-Flush Urinals

VISTA, CALIF.—The Green Restaurant Assn. (GRA) has endorsed five Waterless No-Flush urinal designs manufactured by Waterless Co. LLC, Vista, Calif. The five designs include: Sierra, Kalahari, Sonora, Yukon and Del Casa. Waterless No-Flush Urinals save resources by operating without water while helping restrooms remain sanitary, “touch-less,” and odor-free. The endorsement means GRA will encourage its members to use the Waterless No-Flush system. Based in Sharon, Mass., GRA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 that provides research, consulting and a variety of other services to restaurants looking to operate in a more sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. ...

Right Stuff One Introduces Dechlorinating Shower Filter

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Right Stuff One, Cleveland, Ohio, has introduced Rainshow’r, a line of dechlorinating filter products that eliminate more than 90 percent of chlorine from bath or shower water. The Rainshow’r Dechlorinating Shower Filter provides a solution to problems associated with exposure to chlorine. Its specially formulated KDF filter media removes 90 percent or more of chlorine from shower water. The filter can be purchased alone to work with an existing shower system or with the Whedon power showerhead. This showerhead is specially designed to work with the dechlorinating filter and will reduce heating bills and water usage by...