Efficiently managing the most precious resource: water in tourist accommodations.
January 22, 2024
Content in collaboration with Bioscore Sustainabilitya sustainability consulting firm for tourism companies.
In the midst of an extreme drought that is affecting more and more parts of Spain, efficient water management is becoming an urgent and crucial responsibility for all sectors, and tourism is no exception.
In this context, the tourism industry, being one of the most affected and water-dependent sectors, is at the crossroads of adopting sustainable measures to preserve this vital resource. In this post, we will explore the importance of efficiently managing water use in tourist accommodations, highlighting the current situation in Spain and presenting the different possible solutions such as water footprinting, monitoring and smart management and investments in sustainable infrastructure.
Drought in Spain
"34% of Spain, on alert or emergency due to water shortage".
"The drought in Spain is already the longest in the south and the most intense in the northwest."
"One of the world's costliest weather disasters of the year."
These headlines are not only an alarm signal to the general public, but also a clear warning to the tourism industry. This sector, which is among those most affected by water scarcity, must take active responsibility for the sustainable management of this fundamental resource. Reducing the water footprint becomes an unavoidable priority, and it is in this context that commitment is required in order to curb this reality.
What sustainable solutions exist for water management in tourist accommodations?
Sustainable water management in tourism accommodations is essential to address the challenges related to water scarcity. Several sustainable solutions are available to help these establishments reduce their water footprint and promote responsible practices. Some of the most prominent solutions include:
- Water footprint. The first step, perhaps the most important and simple, because if you do not measure what you spend, you will not be able to implement measures for efficient water use. Bioscore offers you a management system that allows you to calculate the water footprint of your organization under the international standard of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, used by more than 35,000 hotels worldwide.
- Rainwater harvesting and reuse. This implementation can significantly reduce dependence on potable water sources, especially for non-potable activities such as landscape irrigation or cleaning.
- Water-saving technologies. The installation of efficient technologies, such as low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual-flush toilets, and high-efficiency laundry systems, can drastically reduce water consumption without compromising service quality.
- Awareness and education programs. Raising awareness among staff and guests about efficient water use can have a significant impact. Educational campaigns and the promotion of sustainable practices can inspire behavioral change.
- Intelligent monitoring and management. The implementation of intelligent monitoring and management systems allows real-time tracking of water consumption in different areas of the facility. This facilitates the identification of areas for improvement and the optimization of operational processes.
- Sustainability certifications. If you have a tourist establishment with swimming pools, leisure areas or outdoor areas of a resort, surely the good use of water is one of your top priorities. A few months ago, Bioscore launched together with The Fun Lab the first worldwide certification for sustainable exteriors under the ESG criteria: Blue Leaf Bioscore.
- Xeriscaping and sustainable landscape design. Adopting sustainable landscaping practices, such as xeriscaping, which uses plants adapted to dry climates and require less water, can reduce the need for irrigation and conserve water resources.
- Responsible use policies. Establishing internal policies that encourage the responsible use of water, such as the reuse of towels and sheets by guests, contributes to the reduction of daily consumption.
- Investments in sustainable infrastructure. Investment in sustainable infrastructure, such as water treatment and purification systems, can ensure a more efficient and secure supply, while reducing dependence on external sources.
Taking responsible action
The current situation in Spain urges us to act quickly and responsibly. Efficient water management is also an opportunity to stand out in the market as a leader committed to sustainability. Therefore, you must take action and have the necessary tools to carry out this management effectively and in accordance with recognized international standards.
If you haven't stopped to measure, now is the time. Invest in a water footprint management system that provides a comprehensive solution. This step not only benefits the environment, but also strengthens the position of tourist accommodations in the global marketplace.
Adopting sustainable practices is not only a smart strategy for long-term success in the tourism industry, the urgency is clear, and the responsible response is to take concrete steps to preserve our most precious resource: water. The urgency is clear, and the responsible response is to take concrete steps to preserve the most precious resource: water. Are you ready to make a difference?