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Drought: water consumption in Barcelona hotels meets the worst scenario

The tourism sector, and more specifically the hotel sector, have a certain predisposition to be taken as scapegoat, generally without data that confirms this role, to be pointed out as guilty of many of the ills that afflict this country. In the most recent case, and given the drought in certain Spanish regions, all eyes have turned towards accommodation establishments to accuse them of element liquid wasters. As is nothing new, the Gremi d’Hotels of Barcelona already prepared a report last year that shows that, on average, consumption in its facilities is around what would be required in the worst scenario provided for in the legislationwith 163.5 liters of water per client per day in their room.

The Gremi data, corresponding to 2022, contrasts with those collected by a study by Barcelona Regional in 2016 that placed these consumptions well above those analyzed by the hotel employers. Yes it is true that Water consumption varies depending on the hotel categorybeing below the average only the 1 and 2 star establishments, with 110 liters per day per client; figure very similar to the 104 of the Barcelona citizen.

The highest consumption is recorded in the 5 stars and Grand Luxury, with 242 liters (current regulations set 200 per person per day); followed by the 4 stars and 4 stars superior, with 171; and the 3 star ones, with 143 liters

These figures confirm, as Gremi sources have highlighted, “the optimization of water consumption in the rooms of Barcelona hotels and reflect the positive impact of the application and the promotion of savings and efficiency measures in recent years in the city’s establishments.”

Good practice cases

To advance this objective, both the employers and the associated hotels, the same sources have added, “are fully involved in the improvement and awareness towards sustainable and optimized consumption of water resourcespromoting the implementation of new equipment and technologiesas well as collaboration with entities and the dissemination of basic advice and the promotion of iinvolvement of workers and clients”.

The hotels in Barcelona carry out constant educational and awareness work aimed at their clients regarding the drought situation, sharing with them information and recommendations to optimize their water consumption during their stay. Source: Gremi d’Hotels of Barcelona.

Thus, the evolution of the technical solutions available has allowed hotels to adopt measures as:

– Adapt the facilities for the gray water recycling.

– Install faucet, shower and toilet systems savers.

– Implement automatic faucets that are activated by infrared in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

– Install systems daily monitoring of energy and water consumption to guarantee responsible consumption.

– In the gardens, reuse water for irrigation, implement rain detectors and alternatives to natural grass.

– Replace the cooling towers for others with closed secondary circuit.

– Use more efficient appliances.

– Check the water pipes to avoid losses.

Swimming pools with water recirculation system.

The adaptation of certain regulations, such as the elimination of the obligation to have bathtubs in all rooms, has also been another factor that has facilitated improving these consumptions.

360 measurements

Beyond the initiatives adopted by the associated hotels, included in the attached document, the Gremi has approached this strategy from a 360 perspective, involving all interest groupsLike the technical suppliers that with their solutions can help promote water savings, so that they inform establishments.

But also to the sector workers, with tips to continue optimizing consumption; already their own customers, sharing information and recommendations regarding the volume of water consumed in daily activities at the hotel. These suggestions are reinforced with the campaign “Stop, water is a scarce commodity, help us preserve it” that, with the collaboration of Barcelona City Council and the Generalitatalready last year it resulted in the installation of 55,000 information elements in the rooms.

More information on other initiatives adopted by the accommodation sector to alleviate the consequences of the drought:

– Barcelona hotels reinforce their commitment to the drought

– Lloret de Mar hotels take the bull by the horns to have water

– 25,000-liter tanker trucks will carry seawater to camping pools

– “Normal” summer for tourists because “there will be no shortage of water for people”

He Gremi document which brings together all these initiatives, an open report because it will be constantly updated with new measures adopted, it can be downloaded by clicking on the following button:

Initiatives of the Gremi d’Hotels of Barcelona establishments in favor of SDG 6: clean water and sanitation

Source: Hosteltur

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