Today, one in nine people lack access to safe water. This dwindling supply in both developed and developing countries causes safety and sanitation issues. It requires children to miss out on educational opportunities and adults to miss out on employment opportunities. Economies are suffering. The supply isn’t meeting the demand, and the consequences are undeniable.
Water conservation is important for everyone, but it's especially important for the hospitality and laundry service industries in general, and not only because these industries use an incredible amount of water.
Water Usage in the Hospitality Industry
Part of being in the hospitality industry is providing and creating comforting environments for your customers. Hotels strive to make guests feel important, and unlimited access to water is considered a staple. Laundry operations look to provide the cleanest, most luxurious feeling linens and traditionally "luxury" was not something associated with conservation.
However, there are many conservation methods that don’t compromise comfort for sustainability. Customers can have the same luxurious experience while using less water. For example, by cutting water usage in your laundry operation with a low-water washing system, you can conserve thousands upon thousands of gallons of water—just by changing the way you do laundry!
It's relatively simple changes in operations like this that help you become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. These changes have an effect on the environment, but they also have an effect on your business, the hospitality industry at large, and the world around you.
The Hospitality Industry and Personal Responsibility
Hotels and the laundry businesses that support them help set the public's standards for living and design in many ways. The internet is full of articles for do-it-yourself home decorators like "10 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look Like A Luxury Hotel" and "7 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Boutique Hotel."
Hotel rooms have a certain feeling of luxury that people like to emulate in their homes, where possible, and so the choices that hotels make end up being reflected in homes around the country—and even the world.
By implementing green practices, and sharing those practices with guests, hotels make being eco-friendly even more attractive. By making water and energy conserving choices in areas like hotel laundry, the industry illustrates that it's possible to save water while still enjoying creature comforts like luxurious linens and clean, fluffy towels.
The Hospitality Industry and Eco-Friendly Business Models
The same general principle also applies in the business world. The hospitality industry is a huge part of the economy, and, as such, sets an example for other industries and businesses.
The resources for businesses interested in increasing their environmental credibility are vast, from increasingly available green technologies to eco-friendly incentive programs. The first step is simply making that commitment to both the environment, and to your industry's responsibility as an influence on both the business world and the public.
Water Conservation and Your Bottom Line
According to Circle of Blue’s annual survey of 30 major U.S. cities, the average monthly cost of water has increased more than 55% since 2010, meaning conserving water is not only sustainable, it’s also a smart financial move. In the case of a hotel, water accounts for 10% of an average utility bill, and by implementing sustainable practices, hotels can reduce water consumption by 50% per guest.
We understand that major updates to essential operations can be a struggle. However, updates that will conserve a significant amount of water have real cost benefits for your business.
Switching from a traditional washing machine to a low-water machine is an investment that pays off in the long run. Again, to use the hotel example, laundry generally accounts for about 16% of a hotel's overall water usage—so just imagine how much commercial laundry businesses are spending. We're talking about a fairly significant change in operating costs.
Low-water washing cuts down that water usage, and thus, the costs associated with it. You won't recoup the costs of an upgrade overnight, but you can see significant savings even in the first year.
Water Conservation Benefits Everyone
By setting an eco-friendly example in your business you can attract new customers, be on the forefront of hospitality trends, impact the industry—and the world—around you, and on top of all that you can save money. This is why water conservation is so important for businesses in the hospitality industry.
If you're interested in a water-saving laundry solution for your laundry or business, get in touch with our team and learn more about how Hydrofinity is changing the way we think about laundry.