Implementing a Water Conservation Program at Your Hotel
By Russ Horner Co-founder, Water Management, Inc. | March 10, 2013
In the last 30 years, water and sewer rates have increased faster than even the cost of oil. The typical busy hotel manager and engineer has an overflowing plate and now they must add the management and reduction of water and waste water costs. In this article, we will look at:
- The rising cost of water bills
- Water use benchmarks for hotels
- Getting started, and
- An introduction to new national codes, standards and rating systems that will impact hotel operations.
Future articles will drill down into actual ways to reduce water use, techniques to calculate payback, and ways to make water efficiency work for them.
Silently, almost out of notice, water and wastewater costs have been skyrocketing. As the following graph shows, water and wastewater rates nationally have risen even faster than oil over the last thirty years, and based on recent trends, this increase is not slowing down. Many hotel managers are finding that becoming more water efficient is a very effective way to improve their bottom line.
According to the Earth Policy Institute, between 2002 and 2007, municipal water rates increased an average of 27 percent in the United States, 32 percent in the United Kingdom, 45 percent in Australia, 50 percent in South Africa, and 58 percent in Canada. This is a worldwide trend.