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Water Culture Management Plan Hotels Palma Bay, Mallorca (Mediterranean) Author Rosa Munar Quetglas ([email protected]) Advisors Jaime Stein & Alec Appelbaum 5 August 2013 For further information contact Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development MS Urban Environmental Systems Management 61 St. James Place Brooklyn, New York Phone: 718-399-4323 www.pratt.edu/uesm

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  • Water Culture Management Plan

    Hotels Palma Bay, Mallorca (Mediterranean)

    Author Rosa Munar Quetglas ([email protected])

    Advisors Jaime Stein & Alec Appelbaum

    5 August 2013

    For further information contact

    Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development MS Urban Environmental Systems Management

    61 St. James Place Brooklyn, New York

    Phone: 718-399-4323 www.pratt.edu/uesm

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    Tourism & Freshwater use in Mallorca 3

    Consequences overexploitation freshwater in Mallorca 6

    Mass water consumption in Palma Bay 8

    Water Culture Management Plan for Hotels 11

    Lack of regional literate case studies 16

    Conclusion 17

    Appendix 18

    Bibliography 34

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    Tourism & Freshwater use in Mallorca

    Drinking water is one of the natural resources essential for human life and

    activity but availability is gradually reduced in Mediterranean countries. The

    global distribution of water in the hydrosphere is mainly concentrate in oceans

    and seas. Underground water is less than 1% of the total water in the planet but

    it represents the 30% of the global freshwater supply. It is an elevated number,

    because the rest amount is located at the ice sheet in the Antarctic (see table 1).

    Nowadays, availability of underground water is seriously threatened in the

    Mediterranean touristic areas.

    In the Balearic Islands, groundwater has been thrown millenniums the main

    water source. However, in 1999, for the first time, the European Plan Bleu

    estimated that 4% of the aquifers in the islands were overexploited. In Mallorca,

    the biggest island of the Balearic Archipelago, groundwater bodies represent

    eighty percent of the hydric provision.

    Table 1 Distribution of Freshwater in the Hydrosphere by Rosa Munar.

    Source: Govern de les Illes Balears. Conselleria Medi Ambien. Los caminos del agua en las Islas Baleares. Acuíferos y manantiales. Palma: GPO, 2009. Web. 13 April 2013

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    The absence of surface water makes groundwater the main freshwater

    capital of the island. The aquifers are considered the natural underground water

    tanks that recollect the rainwater, being available during dry season. Dry season

    also is known as the tourist season in Mallorca. Clearly, a peak period of water

    consumption is occurred at this time of year as a result of tourism.

    During the last fifty years, touristic development has represented an

    important economical growth in Balearic Islands. Meanwhile, underground water,

    the main freshwater resource in the island, has been on overuse alert. The two

    fundamental factors, which have significant impacts on freshwater ecosystem in

    Mallorca, are the population growth, especially during tourist season, and the high

    average of water consumption by tourist. Those are strongly related to the

    tourism industry in the island.

    High water consumption due to population growth

    Since the touristic boom began in the 60s, population in Mallorca has been

    gradually increasing, being duplicated, from 339,966.00 in 1950 to 876,147.00 in

    2011 (see fig.1). The coast and its adjacent areas mostly are shaped by sand.

    Since it lacks of soil nutrient for farming, the coastline has swiftly become

    residential areas along with increasingly hotels business. This represents an

    important migration from inland population to the coastal zones. Based on the

    Annual Tourism Report done 2011 for the Balearic Government the island has

    12,316,399.00 visitors every year, mainly concentrated from June to August,

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    make its tourism industry as an essential characteristic of the region. In 2000, the

    European Environmental Agency reported that water consumption during peak

    tourism month of July in 1999 in the Balearic Islands was equivalent to 20% of

    that used by the local population in a whole year.

    Higher consumption of water for associated facilities and leisure

    Tourist facilities and leisure activities require continually access to water.

    Based on the report of Freshwater and Tourism in the Mediterranean done by

    WWF, a tourist in Mallorca consumes 291 liter/day, in contrast, the water

    consumption of a households in the Balearic Island is 121 liter/day. Local

    residents in Mallorca consumed 38,695 m3 of water in 2011, was just a small

    number, compared with 3,584,072.10m3 of water consumed by 12 billions visitors

    at the same year. Plus, the average stay in 2011 was 8.4 days per tourist.

    Therefore, a quite simple math, the water consumption of tourism sector

    represents ninety two times more than the local residents every year.





















    Fig.1. Evolution population according census tracks from 1857 by Rosa Munar

    Source: Balearic Islands Statistics Institute (IBESTAT). Web 13 July 2013

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    Consequences overexploitation freshwater in Mallorca

    The overuse of groundwater, especially during dry season, represent a

    severe constrain situation for the whole island. Freshwater should be understood

    as a finite and vulnerable resource that needs to be protected.

    A fact is groundwater in the Balearic Islands is limited. The total amount is

    estimated in 400hm3 per year. That amount is the quantity of water that is

    captured in the aquifers throw the process of rainwater infiltration into the

    permeable soil. If the water captured every year is pictured like 1,600 soccer

    fields full of water, a single hotel consumes 6 soccer fields per year. Just in

    Mallorca there are 284 hotels. As the result, the amount of water is captured in

    the groundwater bodies of the group Balearic Islands will supply just 266 hotels

    per year.

    The groundwater in Mallorca is a vulnerable resource. It is important to

    understand aquifers regeneration process to realize the vulnerability of the

    system. A drop of water evaporated from the sea represents the first step of the

    water cycle. The journey from the infiltration into the soil throw the aquifers until it

    gets back to the sea, it is a process of millions of years. The circulation of 50km

    of a drop of water into surface water takes one day. On the other hand, the same

    distance throw the underground water can take months or years. When the

    groundwater bodies are damage it need a long period of time to be regenerated.

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    The Hydrological Plan of the Balearic Islands in 2009 defined the

    underground water was in serious damage. The main coastal aquifers have been

    salinized with no time estimated of the possible regeneration, even of the

    implementation of good water measures for the all island (see fig.2). The

    contamination has affected a lot of the groundwater bodies. Also, in some of the

    aquifers it has been overexploited the reservoirs, which represented the intrusion

    of salt water located in the coastal zones.

    Fig.2. Groundwater bodies and the period of time to reach good condition. Modify by Rosa Munar

    Source: Govern de les Illes Balears. Consellería de Medi Ambient, Direcció General de Recursos Hídrics. Guía del Plan Hidrológico de las Islas Baleares 2009 Documento de Divulgación. Palma: GPO, 2009. Web. 13 February 2013

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    Mass water consumption in Palma Bay

    Palma Bay, located on the southern part of the island, is half of the total

    population of the region. The capital Palma also is the highest population city with

    405,318 inhabitants. The Bay concentrates 55% of the total amount of hotels of

    the island, 159 hotels of 284 hotels in total. They are located in the area

    accommodates 38,876.00 hotel beds, where 83% are mainly 3 and 4 stars hotels

    with 73.8% occupancy rate per year. These types of hotels consume a high

    amount of water during drier months of the year. Thus, the concentration of mass

    water consumption hotels in Palma Bay makes the area to become a high

    potential market for implementation water saving strategies.

    Furthermore, the current water supply is constrained because of not only

    the decreased quality of aquifers, but also the economical crisis in recent years

    nationally. Investing into new water sources, such as desalination plants, has

    been a challenge for local government. In the past, the government invested in

    new water-infrastructure when freshwater became scared. However, since the

    50’s, the turning point of touristic development, the water supply systems have

    been growing responding of the increase of the water demand. The first

    resources to be exploited were the aquifers of Palma region. The last

    investments in 1999 in the water desalination plant and in 2009 the transfer of the

    Sa Costera spring opened a question of how to manage the future water needs

    for the bay. In other words, the implementation of conservation strategies is

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    necessary, and the tourist industry has its potential to be the leitmotiv for the

    transformation of the island into a more sustainable water management practices.

    Historical Layers Water Conservation

    The history of ancient civilization had number of proofs to show the

    significant role of water conservation in human life. Accordingly, the analysis of

    their design would be greatly helpful for us to identify different strategies to

    implement these days.

    The Mediterranean Sea hosts a history of interaction between cultures that

    began the 8th millennium BC. The Balearic Islands, one of the seventeen

    autonomous regions of Spain, are a part of that millennium history. The first

    settlers, known as the Caves Culture, walked from Italy to the islands during the

    first Bronze Age, 2000-1200 BC. They first lived in caves after they had started to

    develop villages with wood, mud and foliage. During the second Bronze Age,

    1200-654 BC, known as the Talaiotic Culture, they started to build with stones of

    3 to 10 meters high megaliths structures. These exclusive buildings, called

    Talaiots, can still presently be seen all around the island of Mallorca. The settlers

    of the Taliotic Culture were the first to become aware of the value of water on the

    island. They built a variety of systems for collecting and filtering rainwater that

    have been preserved to this day. The Carthaginians were the first to occupy

    Mallorca with the intention of its becoming an important point for the

    Mediterranean Trade. During that period the island become a pirate land until the

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    Roman Conquest in 123 AC. The Romans founded on the Southern Bay, the city

    of Palma and near the North Bay, the city of Pollentia. They understood water as

    a key element for new urban settlements. Their engineers built the first

    underground water channels to guide the main streams and provide water for the

    fountain Font de la Vila in Palma and the fountains of Ternelles in Pollentia.

    During the Roman Empire, fountains were located in plazas or centric point of the

    city where people and animals used to gather around. The fountain was a central

    social architecture piece of the Romans’ life. After a multiple invasions from

    Vandals, Byzantines, Mussulmen to Normans, eventually, peace was brought

    back to Mallorca in 902 along with the Muslim Domination Period. Between the

    tenth and thirteenth century, as a part of the medieval Muslim state, the Al-

    Andalus water engineers started to reshape the island territory, creating complex

    irrigation systems for agriculture and spectacular garden palaces. They built

    sophisticated systems to collect, transport and store groundwater, the main water

    resource of the island. They left to the next generations the most important

    architectural water management legacy: irrigation canals (acequias), dams, baths,

    waterwheel, water mill and cisterns. The end of the Islamic water heritage was in

    1229 under the Christian Conquest. The beginning of the actual Majorcan society,

    an agriculture culture that had developed a serial of traditional construction based

    on harvesting culture.


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    Water Culture Management Plan for Hotels

    The Water Culture Management Plan is a water conservation design service that

    can be subcontracted by hotels. The implementation of the management plan is

    divided into 4 phases (see fig.3):

    Phase I Analysis Existing Condition

    Phase II Identification Type of Improvement

    Phase III Prioritize Goals and Schedule Implementation

    Phase IV Implementation, Monitoring and Control

    Fig.3. Four Phases Water Culture Management Plan by Rosa Munar

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    Phase I Analysis Current Situation

    Analysis of hotel’s current situation is defined as the starting point of exploring the

    plan. It must be conducted rigorously and comprehensively, requiring a certain

    period of time. First of all, it is important to understand the water consumption of

    the hotel and the costs of the overuse of water. A proper analysis, which is

    measured by a profitable economical investment, will be a basic step in design

    process toward a best practices. The analysis of the current situation is based on

    carrying a report that includes the main features of the enter facility and sanitary

    equipment that consume water. The report will include the followings:

    • Analysis of water consumption and the water rates

    • Meter reading for a certain period of time

    • Assessment of the general condition of the internal pipes

    • Assessment current situation sanitary equipment: faucets, toilets, the kitchen,

    dishwasher and washing machine.

    • Assessment of water consumption points: bathrooms guestroom, kitchen,

    swimming pool and garden

    • Assessment workers habits (cleaning and maintenance)

    • Assessment habits costumers

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    Phase II Identification Type of Improvement

    After the analysis of the current situation, it is time to identify potential

    improvement alternatives to reduce water consumption. For each consumption

    point, it is necessary to evaluate the following:

    • Whether or not to buy new equipment or devices

    • Type of investment and payback period

    • Staff training needs to achieve behavioral changes

    • Information needs of clients to achieve their collaboration

    The final decision will primarily be based on the evaluation of the consumption

    points and the operational situation of the hotel. The implementation can be

    scheduled in phases to be able to maintain the 100% operational of the hotel.

    The faces of repair or renovation together with maintenance can be done without

    creating any inconvenience or loss of comfort for the clients. The faces of

    refurbishment can be done during the low occupancy months, December and

    January, when is more flexibility to change the rooms for guests. Types of water

    conservation intervention is classified by the level of construction (see appendix):

    A. Renovation / Maintenance - Installation water efficiency equipment

    B. Repairs / Maintenance - Reducing water loss

    C. Refurbishment – Use harvesting systems and reuse wastewater

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    Phase III Prioritize Goals and Schedule Implementation

    Once drawn conclusions about improvement alternatives, this phase will conduct

    a timeline for achievements and set the goals.

    It is important to establish a general goal first hand, which determines the number

    of percentage of water consumption in a period of time. For example, in one year

    the hotel will reduce 10% of the water consumption. In other hand, establish

    concrete goals that are related to certain areas. For example, reducing water

    uses by watering in the garden with the replacement of local species adjusted to

    dry climate. The following table shows a possible schedule of implementation:

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    Phase IV Implementation, Monitoring and Control

    In this phase, the stage of monitoring and control should work together with the

    stage of implementation. The measurements will allow to monitor and control,

    while the capacity of continuously improvement establishes the correctively

    measurement. Monitoring the progress of the plan is essential also ensuring that

    objectives will be achieved. Since the results are reflected in the measures and

    essential to the success of the plan, establish the administration control

    measures benefit of facilities and tourist workers. Control to evaluate the

    success of the measures set include:

    • Keep track of expenses and investments

    • Take periodic readings of the meters

    • Verify the operation of devices and equipment installed

    The control of the meters should be evaluated and coordinated by periods define

    previously. The evaluation of the impact of the actions taken actions can be done

    as the following:

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    Lack of regional literate case studies

    The following step of Water Culture Management Plan is to analyze

    different case studies, which have not only implemented water saving strategies

    but also reinforced these in order to bring out economical benefits. However,

    there are very few of case studies that included the economical benefits analysis

    of water-saving measured in Mediterranean hotels. Most of the recent reports

    are only focus on the quantity of water consumption savings. Knowingly relevant

    case studies would be the key firstly to provide hotel owners a better

    understanding of this holistic implementation, and secondly to make compromise

    with them in order to achieve successfully the mission. Hence, by identifying

    types of intervention, potential cost, payback period, potential economical savings

    and water saving, this creation plan is a step forward approaching clients’

    environmental sensibility, as well as a guiding toward a best practice of

    economical achievement.

    In further steps, classifying hotels, which have the same characteristics first

    hand included climate zone and already implemented water saving measures, in

    order to accomplish a more comprehensive case study. Analysis based on

    collected data from a same group of categorized hotels will develop more

    convincing publication report in term of cost benefit. Moreover, those also would

    provide the most effective arguments upon the criteria of the Water Culture

    Management Plan evaluation.

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    The Water Culture Management Plan represents a holistic understanding

    of the water conservation strategies for hospitality buildings. The mission of this

    report is to engage not just the hotel owners, the fundamental clients, but also

    local residents into this implementation plan regarding to water conservation; also,

    throughout its process determine the enormous impacts upon the future of

    Mallorca. Additionally, the interventions of water saving in a building are

    understood as a part of the three scales. Big scale, the island scale explains the

    environmental research of the water constrain situation in Mallorca. Medium

    scale, the regional scale analyzes the current water supply situation in the Palma

    Bay. Small scale, the building scale is the Water Culture Management Plan

    implemented water conservation practices. Expectantly, this achievement, which

    is compiled by the economical, social and environmental benefits, will be

    considered as a cornerstone of future design-built system responding to

    environmental consciousness.


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    The types of intervention of water conservation intervention in Phase II are

    classified by the level of construction.

    A. RENOVATION / MAINTENANCE - Installation Water Efficiency Equipment

    The installation of water efficiency equipment can be done as part of a renovation

    and maintenance with the 100% of the hotel operating, without creating any

    inconvenience to the guest.

    A.1 Bathroom

    The first step, before implementing any water saving device, is to analyze the

    current situation of the bathrooms equipment. There are two possible scenarios:

    yes or no, there are install water saving devices. In both cases is necessary to

    test the efficiency of the actual equipment. After the evaluation, it is time to

    determine the best improvement in terms of cost-benefit analysis.

    Generally, most of the sanitary equipment are located at the guest bathroom with

    a shower, a toilet and a sink. The implementation of water saving devices in

    systems that consume hot water also contributes to the corresponding energy

    savings needed to heat the water. The following are different water saving

    devices that exist in the market to reduce water consumption. In some cases are

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    elements that can be add to the existing faucets or toilets, in other, there are new

    modern equipment that have been designed for a more rational use of water.

    A.1.1 Bathroom _ Faucets Systems

    Exist in the market a wide range of adaptive water saving devices. They can be

    divided by adaptive measures (flow limiter, diffuser, and pressure limiters) and

    new equipment (mechanical flow switches, mixer taps, self-closing faucet,

    electronic faucet, and thermostatic mixing valve).

    Addition Existing Equipment:

    Flow limiter (sink and shower)

    The flow limiter is a device that regulates the flow of water in terms of water

    demand and pressure. It is a mechanical device that limits the flow of water. It is

    located between the shut-off valve and the rubber strap in the case of sink taps

    and between the faucet and the hose in the case of showers.

    The most modern faucets devices have already incorporate the flow limiter inside

    the cartridge. The only way to regulate is to remove the covers and screw more

    or less depending the type of faucet (sink or shower).

    The water saving depends on the limit modification, but in general these devices

    can reduce the flow up to 50%. It reduces the output flow of 10 liters per minute,

    when usually a shower is 20 liters per minute.

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    Diffuser (sink and shower)

    The diffuser is a device that mixes air with the water, even when the supply has

    low pressure. It is reduce the water consumption without losing comfort. It is

    cylindrical device screw at the end of the tap. Some of these filters are designed

    to prevent blockages caused by the accumulation of lime, which helps keep taps

    in good condition and prolong its shelf life.

    There are many brands and types in the market adaptable to any kind of faucets

    (sink or shower). The most modern faucets devices have already incorporate the

    diffuser system.

    The market price is low and they are easy to install. The water savings are

    between 30-70%. It is recommended to install it in all the faucets.

    Diffuser with flow limiter (sink and shower)

    It is a device that includes a flow limiter and a diffuser. Both devices sprayed

    water with a continuous pressure (works even with 1 bar of pressure). This effect

    increase the volume of water, with less flow it achieved the same effect and

    comfort as normal use before the installation.

    Pressure limiters (room or floor)

    The pressure limiter can be located at the bathroom inlet pipe or the inlet pipe for

    the entire floor. This device is a valve that reduces water pressure. It not

    represents a net water savings but it avoids sudden changes of pressure in the

    network consequence of the offer use of toilets and showers in certain hours.

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    The valves can be adjusted depending of the needs of each floor, or each

    bathroom, limiting the maximum pressure of water.

    Replacement Existing Equipment:

    Mechanical flow switches (shower)

    The mechanical flow switches open and close when driving a handle. It is a

    recommended system for showers with two water inlets because this system

    allow cut the flow and turn it on again without necessity to regulate the

    temperature again. This system avoids the waste water and energy use to return

    at the same flow and temperature.

    The saving varies depending on the user but the water savings are between 10-


    Mixer taps (sink and shower)

    Mixer taps systems have significant advantages in terms of water savings. Most

    of the models in the market already have flow limiter and diffuser. This type of

    faucet allows regulating better and faster the water flow and the temperatures

    avoiding unnecessary losses.

    The water saving depends on the flow limiter and diffuser inside, but can reach


    Self-closing faucet (sink and shower)

    Self-closing faucet are mechanisms for sink and shower that lock the volume

    automatically after a preset time. They have flow limiters inside. The timer tap

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    works with a switch that needs to be pressed every 10-15 seconds for sinks and

    every 30 seconds for showers.

    The water saving can be 30-40% for the shower systems and 20-30% for the


    Electronic faucet (sink)

    The electronic faucet works with a motion detector that opens a valve allowing

    water flow in response to the presence of hands in close proximity. The flow and

    temperature are pre-established, although the user can modify it using a

    command button. As a safety system in case of continuous presence the tap

    closes automatically after 30 seconds.

    It is important to know that to implement this system is necessary having

    electrical connection near the equipment, except the types that works with

    batteries. In addition, its price is higher than other models. The water saving are

    around 40-50%.

    Thermostatic mixing valve (shower)

    Thermostatic taps is a valve that blends hot water with cold water to ensure

    constant temperature. These systems are used in showers, they allowed to save

    energy and water because there are no losses to regulate the right temperature

    for the user. In addition, they have flow limiters and diffusers. The water saving

    can get up to 50%.

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    Main Recommendations Faucets:

    • It is important to install mixer faucets in showers will increment the client

    comfort and will reduce the water consumption because it allowed to get

    faster at the desire temperature, saving in energy.

    • Install pressure limiters in places where there is a high demand of water in

    certain period of time, that will allowed to avoid the changes on water

    pressure increasing the clients comfort.

    • Install flow limiters low cost investment allowing 50% of water consumption

    A.1.2 Bathroom _ Toilets Systems

    There is in the market a range of different water saving devices for toilets. They

    can be divided by adaptive measures and new equipment, with the incorporation

    of water saving measures. A conventional cistern have 9 liters because the UNE

    67-001-88 criteria establish the maximum capacity of the tanks in nine liter. Most

    of the adaptive measures are located inside the cistern without the necessity on

    replacing them. The new equipment, with limited discharge or dual flush, can

    ensure up to 60% of water savings but most of the times the just save between

    35-50% because there are not use properly.

    Addition Existing Equipment:

    Limiter toilet flush

    It can be placed in conventional tanks. Devices are incorporated in the overflow

    valve or on the flush out valve. When the toilet is flush it works closing the valve

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    after a few liters. If it is need bigger flush it needs to be press three or four

    seconds. The limiter toilet flush is not design for higher tanks but can be adapt to


    Fill up tank limiters

    There are measures to limit the fill up of the tanks, reducing the flush. The

    following are some measures:

    - Introducing a spring inside of the tank shooter so that it exerts a constant

    pressure when releasing the handle locks out water.

    - Regulate the overflow tube preventing the tank fill up its full capacity.

    Simultaneously must be regulated the level of the float in the tank

    - Introducing inside the cistern an object (a bottle full of water closed) occupying

    part of the water volume. When it is flush the object volume is not use.

    Replacement Existing Equipment:

    Toilet flow restrictor (cistern-behavioral system)

    The toilet flow restrictor is a measure located in the tank. It is activated with the

    flush bottom interrupting the discharge. It works pushing twice the bottom flush or

    just one long time. During the double push it is the short discharge using from 4

    to 6 liters. The longer discharge uses the full capacity of the cistern, between 9 to

    12 liters.

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    Dual flush toilets (cistern-behavioral system)

    The tanks have a double switch that allows two amounts of discharge. A large

    discharge that empty the all cistern and a short discharge with a partial use of the

    total amount. With a proper use the water saving can be up to 40%.

    Fluxometer two stages (fluxometer-behavioral system)

    In the same way as tanks, the fluxometer control the stages of discharge throw a

    push bottom. They need the same type of pressure and pipe dimension that the

    conventional fluxometer.

    Main Recommendations Toilets:

    • In the case of install new equipment with toilet flush restrictor, dual flush or

    fluxometer with two stages, it is recommended to fixe the short discharge

    between 3-5liters and the large discharge between 7-9liters. Because a lot

    of times the users flush if the short discharge is lower. Do not put restrict

    limits because most of the times will increase the use of water because the

    users push a couple of times. It is very important to inform the user using

    advisement notes, to promote the correct behavior.

    • The introduction of one or two bottle full of sand is a very simple system

    with low cost and easy to implement.

    • Install a spring on the inner shooters

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    A.2 Kitchen

    Kitchens are one of the important points of water consumption in tourist facilities,

    as used both for washing and cooking food and for washing dishes and utensils

    in general. It is important to remember that the staff work habits contribute

    significantly to achieve rationalize water consumption.

    A.2.1 Kitchen _ Faucets Systems

    It is important to install all mixer faucets that incorporate diffusers and flow

    reducers. The diffusers are very useful to the taps used to wash utensils or

    washing food as they allow having a homogeneous flow.

    For hand washing of utensils and food is important to evaluate the possibility of

    installing faucets with electronic closing that open and close automatically

    preventing flow taps remain open unnecessarily.

    Foot-operated taps

    These faucets are the most efficient for the kitchens in restaurants, bars and

    cafes. It works with a pedal that regulates the flow.

    A.2.1 Kitchen _ Dishwasher

    The use of dishwasher is an important source of saving water, energy and time.

    Dishwashers currently marketed reduced water consumption, compared to 15

    years ago, approximately 60%. There is a wide range of brands that sell various

    models of washing programs. The dishwashers have different programs to

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    choose it is important to choice the most suitable to our needs, being aware of the

    economical program that reduce the water consumption.

    Main Recommendations Faucets Kitchen:

    • Install faucets that have flow limiters and diffusors

    • Use eco friendly soap dishwasher and do not overuse in quantity because

    involve a higher consumption of water to clear and an increase of


    • In case to wash by hand is necessary to put a rubber tap

    Main Recommendations Dishwasher Kitchen:

    • Before buying a new dishwasher request information on consumption of

    water of different brands and models

    • Not need to clear the dishes before placing in the dishwater

    • Expect the machine is completely full before turn it on. If never gets full

    maybe the size of the dishwasher is not adequate for the needs of the


    • The proper use of the type of program will maximize the performance

    reducing consumption of water, detergent, salt and rinse aid

    • Is important to know the hardness of the water to adjust the dosage of

    detergent and rinse aid, also improving the quality of the wash.

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    B. REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE - Reducing Water Loss

    The reduction of water loses in the networking can be done as part of a

    renovation and maintenance with the 100% of the hotel operating, without

    creating any inconvenience to the guest.

    The internal water pipes supply is a networking system to bring water from the

    entrance of the building to the different point of use. The maintenance and

    control of these installations is an important aspect to prevent losses and leaks.

    Generally the losses and leaks in the network are due to the aging of facilities, the

    quality of the materials and the lack of maintenance. As a result of these factors

    these losses can reach values between 10 and 12% of the circulating water

    systems in most modern distribution (building under 25 years old) and between

    15 and 30% in older systems.

    Although it may seem a simple water leak does not generate excessive

    consumption, it is desirable to take care of the condition of the facilities for two


    • Avoid unnecessary loss of water

    • Avoid damage, in the short term may not seem important but can cause

    progressive deterioration of the structural elements of the building due to

    moisture. The most serious diseases of the buildings are cause because

    humidity, like the case of carbonation of concrete or aluminous.

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    B.1 Material supply networking

    The quality of materials is a decisive factor in preserving the condition of the

    network. Oldest installations have lead pipes, but currently systems are installed

    in metal piping materials such copper or galvanized steel; they can be also made

    of plastic materials such as PE (polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene).

    Plastic pipes have some advantages over metal piping materials: better resist the

    effects of temperature ensuring a higher conductivity and their boards are more

    watertight. In contrast, the plastic pipe material prices are relatively higher than

    the metal pipes.

    B.2 Controlling leaks supply networking

    Have a periodical verification of the piping installations allow reducing leak

    problems. It is advisable to complete overhauls of the facilities each year and

    watertightness testing every three or four years. A simple way to detect leaks in

    the network is close the consumption points in the installation and control the

    movement with meters.

    The water meter readings taken periodically (daily if its possible) also detect

    losses in the network. The results of these readings must be displayed in the form

    of indicators that allow comparisons of water use over time: for example water

    consumption by room or per customer.

    The modern facilities usually have valves at the entrance of the dependencies

    (bathrooms, kitchen, etc) or even in each device. The installation of entrance

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    valves is highly recommended to make a good control and prevent leaks and

    flooding, but both represent an improvement in the network.

    Controlling leaks in equipment decrease considerable the overall water

    consumption. The detection of leaky taps is based on the knowledge that a

    conventional faucet use 10-15liters per minute. A leaky faucet, dripping one drop

    per second, can waste 135 liters of water daily.

    Note that the critical points of the supply water networking are connections

    between pipes, solder and security points of the pipes and taps. It is therefore

    important to monitor and verify that these points are sealed.

    It is also important to monitor joins between the surfaces (like walls and floors) of

    the sanitary equipment and renew the silicone seal if it is necessary.

    B.3 Controlling point of consumption

    As the control of the internal pipe network, it is important to establish a regular

    control of the consumption points to check possible losses. It is important to keep

    daily track records with the date and signature of the control done.

    The main sanitary equipment that can waste more water is the showers, faucets

    and leaky tanks. Another element that must be periodically reviewed is the state

    of the rubber taps.

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    Main Recommendations Supply Networking:

    • Installed preferably plastic pipes (PE or PP), their joins are more airtight,

    the lime doesn’t effect them and because of their thickness of its walls have

    less heat loss when it comes to hot water

    • Perform daily readings of water meters and take a record

    • Requested the collaboration of staff and customers, notify the responsible

    maintenance leaks and breakdowns to detect

    • Periodically review the parts of the network that are in the open space and

    they are easy to access, also brought a descriptive record of their status.

    • Periodic inspections consumption points (faucets, toilets, showers,

    irrigation areas) and keep a record of repairs made

    C. REFURBISHMENT – Alternative water sources

    The use of alternative water sources can reduce the demand of potable water

    provide by the city water supply system. The alternatives water sources are:

    rainwater, wastewater and treated water, provide by the water treatments plants

    of the region. The first to alternative sources require an intern installation in the

    hotel, the third source require a regional management plan. The use of alternative

    sources will reduce the water demand and the wastewater output, having positive

    effects on the water bills.

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    C.1 Rainwater collection

    The collection of rainwater is the oldest strategy to accumulate water during the

    scarcity periods. Because of the water supply system that provides potable water

    services in the urban area, the harvesting systems are not being use. On the

    other hand, because of the high water consumption in hotels the use of

    harvesting systems will not be enough to cover the necessities of the building.

    However, a small installation of rainwater capture can be use to irrigate gardens,

    reducing the water demand. The elements require are: water capture system, a

    accumulation tank and a pressure bomb.

    C.2 Reuse wastewater

    The reuse of gray water is to reserve potable water for the most demanding

    applications in terms of quality of water like showers, sink taps or kitchen faucets

    for cooking. The gray water can be use in devices that no require a high quality

    of water like toilet cisterns, watering the garden and cleaning of certain areas.

    The installation of wastewater systems has to be done in the building or the

    surrounding garden with the installation of a double circuit system: one for the

    conduction of the potable water and the other one for the conduction of the gray

    water. The reuse of wastewater reduces the cost of drinking water and


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    The incorporation of a gray water reuse systems can be done in any existing

    building but is better include the design in case of future refurbishments. In many

    cases the installation of these type of can have significant water saving,

    representing minimum 35% of total consumption.

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