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Hotels React to Western DroughtLimited-Service Brands Eye Resorts
No water is wasted at the Broadmoor in
Heavy fall and winter precipitation alleviated
drought in the Northeast, but several Western states, including
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, remain at crisis levels.
Some are entering their fifth year of drought.
Attendees at hotels in parched regions might notice weaker water
pressure in showers and sinks, as properties install water-saving
devices to conserve.
In Colorado, the Denver Water Department is requiring all hotels
to limit the washing of sheets to once every four days for guests
staying more than one night. A spokesperson for the 200-room
Holiday Inn Denver Central said water-restriction devices have been
installed on guest room faucets and in toilet tanks.
At the 700-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, water is served
only at meetings and banquets on request, and a new, more efficient
irrigation system has been installed throughout the resort’s three
State officials have said it will take up to five years of
normal precipitation before current water restrictions can be
Arizona has so far avoided having to impose restrictions, but
“there has been a lot of self-policing,” said Jerry Gleason, area
vice president of the Arizona/Rocky Mountain region for Hilton
Hotels Corp.While there are no formal water restrictions in Salt
Lake City, residents and businesses in Salt Lake County have been
put on notice that, unless they follow voluntary conservation
practices, mandatory measures will be imposed.
• SARAH J.F. BRALEY
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