Following a week of major water problems in Johannesburg, it is increasingly important to implement water saving stratagies.

Hotels can implement various water-saving measures to contribute to environmental sustainability and reduce water consumption. Here are several ways a hotel can save water:

  1. Install Low-Flow Fixtures:
    • Replace standard faucets, showerheads, and toilets with low-flow alternatives. These fixtures are designed to use less water without compromising performance.
  2. Regular Maintenance:
    • Fix leaks promptly. A dripping faucet or a leaking toilet can waste a significant amount of water over time.
  3. Guest Education:
    • Provide information in guest rooms about water conservation practices and encourage guests to use towels and linens more than once to reduce laundry frequency.
  4. Linen and Towel Reuse Programs:
    • Implement a linen and towel reuse program where guests can choose to reuse their towels and linens instead of having them replaced daily.
  5. Smart Irrigation Systems:
    • Use smart irrigation systems for landscaping that adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions and soil moisture levels.
  6. Rainwater Harvesting:
    • Collect and use rainwater for landscaping and other non-potable water needs.
  7. Greywater Recycling:
    • Treat and reuse greywater (wastewater from showers, baths, sinks, and washing machines) for non-potable purposes like irrigation.
  8. Water-Efficient Landscaping:
    • Choose native or drought-resistant plants for landscaping, as they require less water to thrive.
  9. Install Water-Reducing Technologies:
    • Invest in water-saving technologies such as waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and sensor-activated faucets.
  10. Regular Equipment Maintenance:
    • Ensure that water-using equipment like dishwashers and laundry machines are well-maintained to operate efficiently.
  11. Water Metering and Monitoring:
    • Install water meters to monitor consumption and identify any unusual increases that may indicate leaks or inefficient water use.
  12. Employee Training:
    • Train staff to be mindful of water usage and to report any leaks or issues promptly.
  13. Guestroom Plumbing Checks:
    • Regularly inspect and maintain the plumbing in guest rooms to prevent leaks and wastage.
  14. Wastewater Treatment Systems:
    • Implement on-site wastewater treatment systems to treat and reuse water within the property.
  15. Energy-Efficient Appliances:
    • Choose energy-efficient dishwashers and washing machines, as they often use less water than their conventional counterparts.
  16. Water Conservation Policies:
    • Develop and enforce water conservation policies to ensure that all staff and guests are aware of the hotel’s commitment to saving water.

By adopting a combination of these water-saving measures, hotels can significantly reduce their water consumption and contribute to sustainable practices.