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Opinion Article 6 August 2019

The Importance of Water Conservation in the Hospitality Industry

By Lillian Connors, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Bizzmark

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One of the main focuses of anyone in the hospitality industry is to make their customers feel as comfortable as possible. Hotels sometimes even go out of their way to make the guests feel important and cared for and provide them with the best experience. One of the staples of a luxurious experience is not having to worry about water consumption.

Simply put, not everyone wants to pay attention to the amount of water they're using in their hotel bathrooms while on a vacation or a business trip. However, it's important to note that there are ways the hospitality industry, in general, can implement some water conservation methods into their practice without necessarily compromising the experience they offer to their guests.

Not only that, but there are people who would much rather choose to stay in a similar water-conscious accommodation over the one that couldn't be bothered with trying to conserve this extremely important and very finite natural resource. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can implement water conservation methods in your business and that way not only preserve water but even potentially attract more guests your way.

Measure the water consumption

In order to be able to reduce your business's water consumption, you first need to know exactly how much water your business consumes on a monthly basis. To be able to measure that properly, you should first focus on areas that have the greatest water use, such as the laundry room and the kitchen. Of course, the rooms' bathrooms should not be neglected either, but they are not at the top of this list because not all of them are occupied daily. Once you manage to assess the scale of water consumption, it will be much easier to come up with ways to reduce it, because you'll have an easier time focusing on the biggest spenders.

Replace all outdated fixtures

Next, you should inspect all fixtures that use water in your facility. Chances are, especially if your facility is not newly built, that you have outdated fixtures throughout your property. If that's the case, you should definitely invest in replacing all of them with more water-conscious, energy-efficient solutions, such as showerheads and faucets with aerators, and dual flush, low flow toilets. Of course, this will also require hiring an expert that can finish the job quickly and efficiently, minimizing the necessary downtime. This North Shore plumber, for example, not only installs such fixtures, but they also pride themselves on using only the high-quality, high tech tools that allow them to get the necessary job done efficiently and properly.

Fix any potential issues

Did you know that a single leaky faucet that drips a single water drop every second can waste as much as 3,000 gallons of water yearly? Not only is that certainly a huge amount of water wasted, but it also significantly contributes to boosting your overhead costs. That's precisely why you need to make sure that you take care of any similar issue as soon as you notice it. Aside from the water and money-wasting aspect, you are also putting not only your property's structure but your staff's and guests' safety at risk. Therefore, make sure you fix any problem as soon as you notice it, no matter how small it may seem at first. That way, you will lower your overhead and put an end to pointless water waste.

Conduct regular maintenance

Additionally, make sure you schedule regular inspection and maintenance of your property's plumbing system to ensure that everything's working properly. Not only can clogged toilets and drains, as well as leaky pipes contribute to water waste, but they can cause some serious damage to your property. An undetected leaky pipe, for instance, can seriously hinder the structural integrity of your property and even lead to some other threats, such as mould and mildew growth. Blocked drains, on the other hand, can lead to bacterial build-up that can put not only your staff's but also your guests' health at risk.

By making your business more eco-conscious and setting a good example, not only will you potentially attract more customers, but you'll also encourage others to follow in your footsteps. This will ultimately lead to increased consciousness regarding the importance of water conservation which can only have positive results in the end.

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