H2Otel Challenge is a new EPA WaterSense program that reduces water use and saves money. Want proof? Ask Caesar’s Entertainment who was the first hotel group to sign up for the program or The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach who reduced their outdoor water use by 37% and saved $75,000 on their water bill in a year. As the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco’s Parc 55 Union Square Hotel and the Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport discovered the program is not just for resorts. These three hotels collectively reduced their water use by 28 million gallons a year resulting in a savings in excess of $334,000!
What is the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge?
Launched in 2014, the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge encourages hotels to assess their water use, learn about the best management practices (BMPs) WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities for reducing water use in hotels, and track the results. To participate in the program hotels have to take ACTion.
- Assess water use and savings opportunities;
- Change products or processes to incorporate BMPs; and
- Track water–saving progress and achievements.
These actions have good consequences which includes using less water and saving money.
More Than Just Laundry
Many hotels already have water-saving programs for washing guest towels and sheets. Some hotels even train their staff to follow the “leave it hanging” program. Laundry programs are just the tip of the iceberg. Incorporating water-efficient products, processes, and practices in restrooms, kitchens, mechanical systems, and landscaping also saves water, energy, and money! WaterSense offers a variety of ways for hotels to take the challenge and start saving.
- Restroom Plumbing Upgrades: specify WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, showerheads, or flushing urinals, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water than the federal standard and perform well to ensure guests’ satisfaction. Using a WaterSense showerhead can save 4 gallons of water with every shower which for every 100 rooms equates to over 180,000 gallons per year! (90% occupancy, 1.5 showers per room per day)
- Kitchen and Mechanical Systems: save water and energy without affecting the guest experience. From dishwashers and pre-rinse spray valves to cooling towers and boilers, efficiencies are plumb waiting for implementation.
- Outdoor Irrigation: save with a water-smart landscape or WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, designed to make scientific decisions as to when and how much water to use to maintain a healthy landscape. This is the segment we have the most interest and participation. Coming Soon: The Resort at Pelican Hill Case Study.
One person who loves to get a call from the EPA is our own Richard Restuccia. Richard co-presented the webinar Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings .
Other H2Otel Challenge Webinars
There are a series of WaterSense H2Otel Challenge webinars where specific water best management practices are reviewed and professionals who are using water more efficiently share their experiences.
- Take the Plunge: The WaterSense H2Otel Challenge
- Assess, Track, Realize Paybacks
- Washing 101: A Plumbing and Laundry Efficiency Primer
Demonstrating WaterSense’s WaterUSE Tool
May 29, 2014, 2:00—3:30 p.m. ET – Register now
Minimize Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems
June 12, 2014, 2:00—3:30 p.m. ET – Register now
Local Water Conservation Programs
Quick shout-out to Athens-Clarke County in Georgia and their local Certified Blue program. Certified Blue helps restaurants, bars, and institutions in Athens-Clarke County use less water and promote efficient water use in the community. The basis for Certified Blue is “WaterSense at Work,” which was developed as part of the federal EPA’s WaterSense program. If your municipality has a similar water conservation certification program please add a link in the Comment section.
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