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Hotels Find Ways to Cope with Record Drought

The record drought in California is changing the way everyone lives—including hoteliers. As vacation hot-spot San Diego gets ready to welcome visitors, hotels there are fighting hard to save water

The record drought in California is changing the way everyone lives—including hoteliers. As vacation hot-spot San Diego gets ready to welcome visitors, hotels there are fighting hard to save water:

No longer can hotels simply rely on environmentally conscious guests to heed gentle reminders to reuse their bath towels instead of tossing them on the floor. Nor can they necessarily shame visitors into skipping baths and taking five-minute showers.

Instead, lodging properties are having to get more creative--and disciplined--about controlling water usage, whether it’s foregoing hosing off walkways, converting to less thirsty plantings or spending thousands, if not millions, of dollars to install state-of-the-art equipment to monitor and reduce water consumption.--San Diego Union-Tribune

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