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Hospitality Businesses Cutting Back on Water

Posted February 10, 2008
Updated February 11, 2008

— Due to the record drought, Raleigh hospitality businesses are making every effort to save water.

At Raleigh's Marriott Crabtree Valley, housekeepers are no longer changing the sheets and towels everyday. It takes a lot of water to wash all that cloth, so guests were put on notice that water conservation is everyone's responsibility.

“For the most part, they're all very willing to help out where they can,” Dennis Edwards, with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, said of inn-keepers.

The bureau is hosting its first hospitality water summit for hotels and restaurants this Wednesday at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.

"What we're trying to do is get some sort of a standardization throughout the hospitality community in terms of what the hotels and restaurant communities should be doing to help conserve water,” Edwards said.

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously last week to move to Stage 2 water restrictions this Friday.

The Stage 2 restrictions would have automatically come into effect if Raleigh's water supply dipped to 90 days. Even though the city system is not at that point, however, the supply in Falls Lake is projected to last only until the summer, and Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker pushed for tighter restrictions sooner.

Edwards estimates the average hotel in 2006 used more than 21,000 gallons of water a day. That translates to about 218 gallons of water for every occupied room, but that was before hotels stopped watering landscapes and began conserving water.

Restaurants are also cutting back. If you want a glass of water with your meal these days, you have to ask for it.

“Water is a limited resource. We're all worried about what could happen if we don't all conserve and we don't learn how to deal with this before we actually run out,” said area General Manager Edward R. Book Jr., with the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

The tourism industry brings in more than $3 billion a year to the Raleigh area.


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  • Kilroy Feb 11, 2008

    Why are restaurants not asked/made to serve in paper/plastic plates/cups. Alot of water is used washing dishes..... Seems anything that might incovenience a business will not happen.

  • Grandpeople Feb 11, 2008

    But lets keep building and Meeker is leader of the pack. We will put a small business out of business but PLEASE let the builder keep on building......................... and to think - no one ran against Meeker keeper of mankind in the election and now his wife is on the school board - more building and moving children on buses. Get what you pay for.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 11, 2008

    Why not have the hotels take the sheets and launder them in the fountains? Throw a teaspoon of tide in and off ya go! Bubbles.

    When the wind blows - you air dry!

  • whatelseisnew Feb 11, 2008


    I think the next step is; bring your own sheets.

  • foetine Feb 11, 2008

    I do doubt Southpointe will notice my missing business since the place was over run by loud mouthed teens who had nothing better to do then act like a pack of angry gangsters.

  • foetine Feb 11, 2008

    I did email their management company about the fountain. I have zero plans to return to that place.

  • PaulRevere Feb 11, 2008

    Hotels don't really wash all the sheets, do they? I'd be surprised if they did. I'm not kidding. Bring your Lysol!

  • Through a glass darkly Feb 11, 2008

    "If they have to add a drop of water to that statue - then it needs to be shut off."

    Then, tell them. Tell them you won't visit the mall unless their fountains are turned off -- and then follow through. There are other malls and stores in the area who don't publically waste water.

  • foetine Feb 11, 2008

    The wind was blowing as we were at Southpointe. We could feel the mist coming off the statue. It is not a conventional water fountain.

    If they have to add a drop of water to that statue - then it needs to be shut off. It serves no purpose except to mock those of us who have to deal with this drought.

  • dukecrazy Feb 11, 2008

    Are they also posting signs in the rooms asking guests to take 1 minute military showers and to limit toilet flushes to once a day....or do such conservation measures only apply to residents of Raleigh?