Martin Resorts shares water conservation plan
– Martin Resorts is sharing its plan designed to cut the hotel’s water use by more than 25 percent through initiatives implemented at the company’s five hotels in San Luis Obispo County, including the Paso Robles Inn.
“Over the past several years we’ve replaced every faucet, every toilet, and all of our laundry equipment to make sure we’re making every drop count,” said Margaret Johnson, chief operations officer for Martin Resorts. “The recent operational changes we’ve made are designed to lessen water usage at our hotels to an even greater degree.”
The hotel company has three locations in Pismo Beach, one in Avila Beach, and the Paso Robles Inn, and has adopted a wide variety of water-responsible practices, such as a new program to offer guests a $5 credit for foregoing housekeeping services.
In addition, the hotels have already removed large areas of grass, replacing it with drought tolerant plants or artificial turf. Additional areas of lawn will be removed in the coming weeks. “Our hope is that by educating both our guests and employees about our efforts to save water, that they will also take the knowledge home, helping our state overall,” said Johnson.
Laundry list of initiatives include:
- Replacing aerators on all faucets which reduce water flow by 30 percent
- Preventative maintenance to check all valves, faucets and toilets for leaks
- All toilets use 20 percent less water than required by current federal standards.
- Tent cards placed in guest rooms to educate guests on water saving habits
- Washing machines have been replaced with energy/water efficient machines. These machines will use only the amount of water needed based on the weight of the load.
- A $5 nightly credit to any guest willing to forego housekeeping service on multiple night stays
- Replaced glassware in the rooms and breakfast room with non-washable biodegradable cups and dish ware
- All staff members have been educated about the drought and trained on new water-saving cleaning methods.
- An incentive program has been created for housekeeping teams at the properties that show measurable savings each billing cycle
- Replaced lawn areas with drought tolerant landscaping, artificial turf, or stone patios
- Completely stopped watering some large lawn areas
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