Water usage in Europe’s tourism industry

Europeans use millions of litres of water annually. There are multiple reasons for the usage, starting from drinking water and ending with manufacturing, industrial purposes and tourism.

Europe is in possession of thousands of rivers, lakes and underground water supplies, and it may seem that the sources of water on the continent are limitless. However, the growth of the population and the booming urbanisation in the modern world, pollution and the results of climate change such as drought, are putting the water supplies of Europe at risk.

Water is a resource that is under pressure and under risk of vanishing, especially when we take into consideration the constant increase in demand.

According to Statista, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece consume the most tap water in the European Union. This water is consumed in many ways, including cooking, hygiene, or actual drinking.  Italy and Greece are being among the top 10 most attractive touristic countries in Europe. Combined, they host more than 80 million tourists per year.

The tourism industry is on its rise. Despite the fact holidays contribute to rest and relaxation, the tourism industry it is one of the most environmentally unfriendly industries in the world – especially when it comes to the millions of litres of water consumed in EU at businesses, hotels and other types of accommodation connected with tourism. 

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The research suggests that tourists use water in a range of 84L and 2,000L per day. Also, it indicates that the consumption of water per room can rise up to 3,400L per day. There is a correlation between water consumption and a variety of different factors including:

  • The sized of the hotel and number of guests
  • The facilities on offer (normally people tend to take showers after gym, swimming or using the sauna)
  • The geographical location (The Mediterranean region has the highest water consumption in the hotel industry)

That is why hotels and other accommodation-offering businesses need to reconsider their water metering management. An effective management strategy will allow them to maintain and increase profitability without disturbing the comfort of the guests. One of the available solutions is a submetering system.

From a technological point of view, it is going to be the most optimal solution for hotels and other landlords. This system provides the opportunity to maintain consumption and decrease the potential waste of water.

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