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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St. Thomas Unveils New Look for Presley SE One-Piece Toilet


COSTA MESA, CALIF.—St. Thomas Creations unveils an artfully updated new look for its Presley SE one-piece toilet. The new model is distinguished by graceful curves and a sculpted trim detail. It features a stately silhouette and traditional style. Classic forms accented by subtle stepped details are the hallmark of the Presley Collection, an entire suite designed to give a cohesively elegant look to a traditional bath design.

Marriott International Announces Energy Conservation Results


BETHESDA, MD.—As part of its global sustainability strategy to address climate change, Marriott International announced the company’s global energy intensity decreased cumulatively by 2.6 percent over 2013, 13.1 percent compared to a 2007 baseline. Across the majority of the company’s four global regions, energy results continued to decline. In The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, energy intensity for managed hotels decreased over 2013 by 3.0 percent, 0.7 percent and 1.3 percent respectively. In the Middle East and Africa, energy intensity increased by 1.2 percent over 2013 as the region stabilized and travel increased. “Our global decrease in energy intensity demonstrates the commitment Marriott International has made to attain its sustainability goals,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “As Marriott’s global footprint expands, we continue to look for new ways to conserve energy at our more than 4,100 properties.” In March, Marriott announced water conservation results, sharing that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.

ClearWater Tech Debuts Nature Wash Ozone Laundry System


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech showcased its EcoTex cold-water ozone laundry system at last week’s Clean Show in Atlanta. ClearWater Tech also introduced NatureWash, a new ozone laundry system for residential and coin operated laundry applications. NatureWash uses the same cold-water technology as EcoTex, reducing energy use by reducing the need for hot water. It also reduces detergent use and wash time.

California Commission Approves Water Appliance Standards


SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Due to the severity of California’s drought, the state’s experts have been managing water resources to deal with the effects of the drought and prepare for the next one. As part of the solution, the California Energy Commission approved standards for water appliances which will save more than 10 billion gallons of water in the first year. Over time, the water savings is estimated to reach 105 billion gallons per year—a savings of more than three times the annual amount of water used by the City of San Francisco. “California is serious about water conservation and is committed to consistent and clear water efficiency policies,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who is the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must use water as efficiently as possible and updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction.” The energy efficiency and water standards approved require water appliances to consume less water thereby using less energy while performing the same function.

Ecolab Partners with Project WET to Teach Water Conservation


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has launched its Clean and Conserve Education Program to educate students about the importance of water conservation and hygiene. Developed in partnership with the Project WET Foundation, a nonprofit water resources education organization, the interactive curriculum is expected to reach two million people in the United States, Mexico, China and Germany by the end of 2017.

California Facing Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions


SACRAMENTO—Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” said Governor Brown. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.” For more than two years, the state’s experts have been managing water resources to ensure that the state survives this drought and is better prepared for the next one. Last year, the Governor proclaimed a drought state of emergency. The state has taken steps to make sure that water is available for human health and safety, growing food, fighting fires and protecting fish and wildlife.

Hobart FT1000 Receives 2015 Kitchen Innovations Award


TROY, OHIO—Hobart’s FT1000 Advansys flight-type dish machine has been awarded the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Award, which recognizes foodservice equipment and technologies that improve kitchen operations and benefit restaurant operators. The FT1000 is going to be on display in booth 4031, as well as the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion, at the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, May 16 to 19.

Marriott Announces Water Conservation Results


BETHESDA, MD.—On the eve of World Water Day (March 22), Marriott announced that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007. In 2007, the company set 2020 goals to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, as well as energy reductions of 20 percent across its managed portfolio of hotels worldwide, as part of a broader global sustainability strategy. “We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the environment by reducing their water usage, whether it is through the fitting of low flow showers and toilets in guest bathrooms, irrigation systems installed on properties, or guests choosing to not have towels changed every day.” • In North America, more than 80 percent of the total participating hotels in the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense H20tel Challenge are in the Marriott portfolio.

Many Chemical Free Options Available for HVAC System Water Treatment


NATIONAL REPORT—Water treatment for systems such as cooling towers, chillers, heat exchangers and evaporative condensers has traditionally been one that has required the use of hazardous chemicals—e.g. chlorine, bromine, isothiazolinone, molybdate, phosphonate—to control calcium, bacteria, algae, scale, corrosion and biofilm. Because of the toxicity of the water treated with chemicals, it cannot be reused on property. A number of suppliers, however, have developed chemical free or similarly safe treatment systems that allow for the reuse of blow-down water while still providing a means to keep systems clean and running efficiently. Chemical free treatments vary from the introduction of atomic oxygen into the water to the application of an electronic field around piping. This article will examine some of the safer treatment systems on the market and provide real-use examples when possible. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Co., LLC offers a patented technology that creates hydroxyl radicals (a natural non-toxic biocide) when injected into water, killing all bacteria, removing scale and preventing corrosion.

California State Water Board Expands, Extends Emergency Water Conservation Regulations


SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies. While Californians have made great strides to conserve water, more effort is needed, the State Water Resources Control Board said. “We are experiencing the lowest snowpack and the driest January in recorded history, and communities around the state are already suffering severely from the prior three years of drought,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “If the drought continues through next winter and we do not conserve more—the consequences could be even more catastrophic than they already are. Today’s action is just a tune-up and a reminder to act, and we will consider more significant actions in the weeks to come.” While communities and water suppliers have saved substantial amounts of water since the water conservation emergency regulation was first adopted in July 2014, there are many more opportunities for Californians to conserve in even greater amounts.

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