Did you know: Many studies indicate a hotel guestroom uses an average of 150 gallons of water per day. That’s enough to fill 2,400 drinking glasses.
Today, March 22, marks World Water Day as established by the United Nations to highlight the increasing demands being placed on the world’s freshwater supplies.
This World Water Day, we encourage travelers to consider their water consumption while vacationing. Here are a few water-saving tips that don’t require much effort, but can make a world of a difference:
1. Lessen your laundry load – The average room stay generates 10 to 12 pounds of laundry per day, which translates to over 30 gallons of water use per guest room. Help diminish this number by cutting back on your towel usage and re-use towels when possible. This also applies to bed sheets.
2. Choose green hotels – Choose to stay in hotels that are green, and that make an obvious effort to promote green practices. Some hotels have signage that offer friendly reminders for guests and staff to engage in environmentally-friendly habits. Check out this list of eco-friendly hotels.
3. Reduce your bathing time – Similar to your green at-home shower regime, try to reduce your shower time while abroad. Most showers use 2.5 gallons per minute. This means a 15 minute shower uses nearly 40 gallons of water. If your hotel room boasts a bathtub, consider the shower instead, as some tubs can deplete up to 65 gallons of water in a single filling.
4. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth – It can save 10 gallons of water a day.