Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) have teamed up to publish a new guide to help hospitality businesses conserve water.
The Water Management Good Practice Guide, authored by greenhospitality.ie, outlines steps that many tourism businesses are taking to conserve water and reduce usage. The guide has an increased importance given the current water shortages, and the recent introduction by Irish Water of night time restrictions in Dublin and Wicklow.
Tips in the guide include how to train staff to best conserve water, how to find and eliminate leaks, and how to monitor water usage.
The guide can be downloaded here.
Paul Keeley, Director of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland, said that the guide contained two checklists to help tourism businesses conserve water and ultimately reduce costs associated with usage.
“Less than 2% of mains water [treated drinking water] is directly consumed in the hospitality sector with the majority used for toilets, personal washing, cleaning and food preparation,” said Paul. “By taking some simple steps together, we can help reduce the impact of the water restrictions and help conservation measures.”
Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the Irish Hotels Federation, said that the hospitality sector is fully behind efforts to conserve water and reduce usage and that protecting the environment has always been a key priority for members.
“Over recent years, many of our members have actively invested in water conservation technologies and introduced policies and measures to reduce usage. Even simple measures such as covering swimming pools at night which can reduce evaporation and total energy usage by up to 30%. Every measure undertaken will ultimately help with conservation and also reduce costs associated with water management in the long term.”