EPA Launches WaterSense H2Otel Challenge To Help Hotels Reduce Water Use

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EPA Launches WaterSense H2Otel Challenge To Help Hotels Reduce Water Use

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(3BL/JustMeans) - Hotels account for 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S., according to the EPA. Restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping and kitchens comprise the largest uses of water in hotels. Multiply all of the faucets and shower heads in every hotel room around the world, and a tremendous amount of water is being used.  In order to help hotels reduce their water use, the EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, part of its WaterSense program. Hotels who sign up for the Challenge will take a pledge to ACT, an acronym stands for assessing water use and savings opportunities, changing products and processes to more efficient models and methods, and tracking the progress of water use reduction. As part of the Challenge, the EPA launched a series of education webinars on February 13, 2014 to help hotels, plus it provided a free online guide.   

Caesars Entertainment is the first company to sign up for the Challenge. The company, which operates hotels and casinos around the world, has already reduced its water use by seven percent per air-conditioned square foot from 2008 to 2013. The target goals are a 10 percent reduction by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020. Caesars has over 100,000 faucets in its properties, along with shower heads and other appliances that consume water. One way Caesars has reduced water use is by installing reduced-flow shower heads and sink aerators in hotel rooms and other properties owned by the company, including its golf courses in Nevada which uses reclaimed water to irrigate.

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman - Gina-Marie is a Central California based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. Armed with a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She firmly believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. She has been named one of the 75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter by Mashable.com.

 

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