Water Conservation

Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Xeros Signs Deal With eLaundry.com to Bring Services to NYC


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has signed a deal with New York City-based eLaundry.com in excess of a million dollars for Xeros’ award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy, and detergent consumption while providing a gentler and superior clean. To promote the new Xeros laundry services, eLaundry.com will introduce Xeros as an ingredient brand in their storefront, on delivery vehicles and throughout the business.

Green Lodging News Adds Smart Valve as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Doug Borden and Smart Valve to its Green Product & Service Directory. The patented water valve sits on the hotel side of the water meter. It is designed to compress the air in water pipes and improve meter reading accuracy, resulting in cost savings on water, sewer and water heating bills. Spring tension reduces flow surges, helping with over-consumption and over-spinning of the water meter during heavy usage.

AM Conservation Names Michael Quinn President & CEO


CHARLESTON, S.C.—AM Conservation Group, Inc. (AMCG) announced that Michael Quinn has been named the company’s President and CEO. Quinn assumes this role from Todd Recknagel, AMCG’s current CEO, who will remain on the AMCG’s Board of Directors. Under Recknagel’s leadership, AMCG completed three acquisitions and achieved significant growth, positioning the company for its recent acquisition by Kohlberg & Co.

Smart Valve Aims to Make Measuring Actual Water Use Much Easier


NATIONAL REPORT—Hoteliers may not realize it but the water meter measuring water coming into a hotel property measures more than water. It measures fluid volume and that fluid includes both water and air. As a result, “water” bills are higher. At least two companies are now representing a product called “Smart Valve” that, when placed on the hotel side of the meter, compresses the incoming air, eliminating its volume before it reaches the meter. The end result: water cost savings of up to 10 to 15 percent or more, regulated water pressure, and less stress and maintenance on plumbing systems. The Smart Valve, according to Patrick Mason, Channel Manager for Energent in Malibu, Calif., works on single-jet, multi-jet and turbine category positive displacement meters. These make up more than 98 percent of all water meters in use. Doug Borden, an Independent Sales Representative for the Smart Valve in Rumson, N.J., says the Smart Valve can help to reduce sewer and water heating costs.

New Golf Course at Villa del Palmar a Reflection of Resort’s Commitment to Sustainability


ISLANDS OF LORETO, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO—When the Danzante Golf Course opens at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto on February 14, it will operate with the least amount of environmental impact possible. The 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed course on the Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur in Mexico, was designed to work with the natural beauty and serenity of its surrounding environment. Where possible, plants that were removed during the construction of the course were transplanted and relocated throughout the golf course to maintain native landscaping. Those plants that were unable to be transplanted were used as compost and reintroduced to the area’s soil. Organic fertilizers, not hazardous chemicals, are being used to maintain the course. The golf course is just part of a 4,487-acre complex that has sustainability as a core emphasis. Thirty-eight solar rooftop panels preheat water for the 181-room Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto resort. The panels help to reduce the use of LP gas, according to Sixto Navarro, General Manager.

Irrigation Overhaul Means Huge Water Savings at Shadow Creek Golf Course


LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International expects to see healthier trees and more efficiency as water usage drops by about one-third when a comprehensive irrigation upgrade now in progress at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas is finished in June. “The change allows us to turn down the overhead sprinklers that water the grass in natural areas, while still getting enough water to the trees where it’s needed,” said Tim Cloninger, Shadow Creek Superintendent. “We’re a little more than half done and we’ve already reduced our water usage by about 25 percent.” The front nine is finished, with the rest of the installation along holes 10 to 18 to be completed by next June. While the majority of trees—and therefor the majority of water savings—can be found on the front nine, incorporating the entire golf course should result in an overall reduction in water usage of at least 33 percent, Cloninger said. The original irrigation system, a traditional above-ground rotor system, didn’t allow the grounds crews to target the trees independently of the native grass.

Part Two of Defining Water Use, Water Consumption in Indoor, Outdoor Water Parks


A water consumption ratio is a metric by which we can begin to understand the actual consumption of water at recreational water attractions. As identified in part one of this series, the water consumption ratio is the number of gallons used daily as top off for a water attraction divided by the total initial fill gallons. The ratio represents the portion of the water actually consumed on a daily or monthly basis. This article profiles several outdoor waterpark attractions and analyzes their water consumption versus their water use. For purposes of our discussion, the initial fill gallons equate to the amount of water used or the attraction’s water use. The amount of water added to the system equates to water consumption. The following are profiles of outdoor waterparks in various regions across the United States. We have kept their identities confidential.

Geberit Offers Hands-Free Sigma10 Flush Plate


DES PLAINES, ILL.—Geberit is now offering a hands-free electronic version of their Sigma10 flush plate. Available with battery power or an AC transformer, the Sigma10 activates via touch-free infrared sensing, making it ideal for designing an ADA compliant restroom.

Javits Center Lands LEED Silver Certification from USGBC


NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corp. President and CEO Alan Steel announced that the Javits Center has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the developers of the LEED building rating system. This certification follows the completion of a comprehensive renovation and revitalization. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the Javits Center is considered the busiest convention center in the United States, supporting more than 17,000 jobs and generating up to $1.8 billion in economic activity for the Empire State. Led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, FXFOWLE, Epstein and Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, the historic renovation has reduced the building’s energy consumption by 26 percent, saving energy costs and improving the area’s quality of life. The building’s signature feature—a nearly 7-acre green roof—is the country’s second largest of its kind and has become a sanctuary for area wildlife, including hundreds of bats, birds and bees. “The Javits Center has become a model of sustainability for buildings throughout the region,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

TOTO Products Earn ‘Red List Free’ Declare Labels


MORROW, GA.—TOTO announced that its high-efficiency commercial wall-hung toilet, two ultra high-efficiency urinals, and wall-hung commercial lavatory have no Red List ingredients and are listed in the International Living Future Institute’s (IFLI) Declare Products Database as “Red List Free.”

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