Hospitality Businesses Cutting Back on Water
Raleigh hospitality businesses are making every effort to save water. Stage 2 restrictions for Raleigh water-system customers take effect Friday. A hospitality-business water summit is set for this week.Posted — Updated
"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 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.
“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.