There a number of opportunities to reduce water waste when washing dishes, cleaning surfaces, preparing foods, and disposing of waste materials:
- Run full loads of dishes when using a dishwasher.
- Scrape any remaining food off plates before washing.
- Use water from the steam table to wash surfaces.
- Do not use water to defrost frozen foods.
- Dispose of waste in a dry state.
Install high efficiency fixtures that include low-flow shower heads, aerated faucets and high-efficiency toilets. Aerated faucets utilize an air/ water mixture using a screen to reduce water flow and improve water pressure. Timing and sensory controls reduce the risk for hot water overuse.
You can also retrofit existing fixtures if you're not ready to replace yet.
More than half of pool water can evaporate in one year, totaling a water loss of approximately 7,000 gallons. By finding ways to reduce water usage in pools and hot tubs, we not only save water, but also reduce the need to use more chemicals and save money on heating costs.
You can dramatically reduce water waste by implementing the following water-saving tactics:
- Use a pool cover or hot tub cover (if appropriate) to reduce evaporation.
- Lower water level in pools to reduce waste from splashing.
- Reduce water loss from extreme splashing and boisterous water play.
- Use efficient water heaters and water-saving filters.
Laundry and linens
Using laundry equipment with cycle and temperature controls helps regulate water and energy use. Use laundering equipment with rinse-water reuse and continuous-batch systems. For small facilities, use high-efficiency equipment and run full loads of laundry. Detergents can be washed at 120 degrees F rather than 160 degrees F.
You can also implement linen and towel reuse programs, which allow guests to decide whether or not to have their linens and towels laundered every day. An effective program can reduce laundry loads by as much as 17 percent, and also helps reduce sewer water, energy and labor costs, and even adds to the life of your linens and towels.
You can offer a range of incentives, or just appeal to their desire to help preserve the environment. With minimal investment, you can still see considerable annual financial savings.
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