April 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)   Hotels React to Western DroughtLimited-Service Brands Eye ResortsNo water is wasted at the Broadmoor in Colorado.
No water is wasted at the Broadmoor in Colorado. 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 golf courses.

State officials have said it will take up to five years of normal precipitation before current water restrictions can be lifted.

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.


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