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Hospitality Industry Comes Together for H2O Conservation

Posted February 13, 2008

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— The average hotel used about 21,000 gallons of water per day in 2006, according to estimates by Dennis Edwards with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A hospitality water summit, scheduled for 9 a.m. today, will be geared toward getting hotels and restaurants to conserve. Organizers of the summit say they want everyone to get on the same page.

"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.

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.

“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 Marriott Area General Manager Edward Book Jr.

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously last week to move to increased, 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.


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  • WHEEL Feb 13, 2008

    I am sure that visitors to Raleigh will look forward to a reduced room rate through all of this conservation NO, WAIT, Meeker can increase the occupancy tax a couple of dollars. Can't stand to let any money get away !!!

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Feb 13, 2008

    Stage 3- restaurant rest rooms should be closed and port-o-johns installed outside the restaurant. Stage 4- outlaw toilet use in subdivisions and provide port-o-johns on every street.
    That would help the water situation!

  • Life-goes-on. Feb 13, 2008

    Can anyone share information regarding single well water users and the restrictions in Wake county, if any?

  • BigUNCFan Feb 13, 2008

    I also think they should use low flow toiles and spigots.

    I think auto flushers are bad. It seems if you just move a little bit the sensor goes off an flushes even if you did not mean for it to. Have manual flushes. If people want it flushed they will have enough energy to reach up and pull the handle. Another case of us being too lazy to even flush for ourselves.

  • my3kidz Feb 13, 2008

    As long as the sheets are changed between guests, this is a good idea. For someone staying at a hotel for several days, there's no need to change linens for the same person.

  • Yelena Feb 13, 2008

    I've got no problem with this, as long as my linens are fresh when I walk into the room. I don't want to be sleeping on somebody else's sheets. I do my own sheets every 7 days. I'd be happy with that anyplace I was staying.

  • SailbadTheSinner Feb 13, 2008

    This is pretty much a no-brainer. The real purpose of the meeting(s) is to get the stories straight.

    EVERYTHING that a hospitality business does that involves water costs the business money.

    OF COURSE they want to conserve water: It saves money. Lots of money.

    I can hear the response to the customers now: “We’d just love to give you clean towels, clean your toilet, etc. but we can’t because there’s a water crisis ...”.

    Sorry, just getting old and cynical ....


  • john60 Feb 13, 2008

    It's good that private industry is voluntarily coming up with ways to reduce their water use, and promoting such measures. After all, if they waited on Raleigh's elected leadership, they'd be waiting until the taps start spewing mud instead of clean water!

  • Beachnut Feb 13, 2008

    Other large-scale water consumers should pay close attention to this!

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Feb 13, 2008

    Could I have a glass of water please?