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Jan
09
 
 Help Egypt To Save Its Water!
 Hotels & resorts magazine
Water is a precious resource which is becoming depleted year after year. It is now a worldwide problem and forecasts are pessimistic. People must learn how to save this treasure, beginning from domestic consumers to industrial and agricultural users.

In the African Sahara zone water is more precious than in other countries due to the
fact that here sources are less numerous and desert is enlarging more and more.Egypt is one of the countries which must face and solve the problem of water conservation faster than others as the majority of the country area is desert land; rainfall is very low, irregular and unpredictable and water sources are really minimal.

The River Nile is the main source of water for Egypt. There are also some internal surface water resources such us the Nubian Sandstone aquifer located under the Western Desert which is considered an important groundwater source. On the coasts of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean there are also several desalination plants to provide water for seaside resorts and hotels.

Principal uses of water in Egypt are for agriculture (86 %), domestic use (8 %) and industry (6 %). Part of the water, as it returns to the rivers, is reused in irrigation or is pumped into main drains where it mixes with drainage water and is then used for irrigation. Treated wastewater is usually used for landscape irrigation of trees in urban areas and along roads.

In the last years Egyptian authorities are trying to make people aware of this matter and they also asked for help from hotels and resort managers to carry out a campaign which informs tourists about water conservation problems in Egypt. It is very usual, for example, to find information cards placed on the towel rack along side clean towels. If a guest elects, they can re-hang the used towels on the rack and they will not be laundered daily. If the guest would like the towels changed, they simply place the towels on the floor or in the bathtub. The room attendant will then replace the used towels with clean fresh ones os required.

Another step made by hotels to be “environmentally friendly” is to enable the guests to decide when the room attendant will change the bed linen. Upon check-in to the hotel guests are informed (usually by a card placed on the side of the bed) that the bed linen are fresh and clean and that the sheets will typically be changed on each third night of their stay. If a guest elects, they can request to have their sheets changed daily by simply placing the card on the bed, calling housekeeping or the guest service hotline depending on the hotel. Thereafter, the room attendant will provide a change of sheets daily.

But tourists must know that they can help in their own way and here are a few simple tips which, if followed by everybody, can make a big difference:

 
- use linens and towels more than once to save on water, detergent, energy, and labor as well as replacement linen (for each average-sized 100-room hotel, the scheme saves 6,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of detergent per month)
 
- avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily
 
- dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet
 
- take shorter showers
 
- use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath
 
- do not let water run while shaving, brushing the teeth or washing the face.

If all tourists follow these simple rules they can greatly help to the Egyptian country in its struggle on water conservation and the environment as a whole. Remember that Egypt is visited every year by millions of tourists, if all of them behave “ecologically” a great step is made! Collectively we can save millions of litres a year!

Many people don’t know how much water they really use, but if they see the numbers they realize the problem and act to improve their behavior. Take a look at the amount of water that is used in most common daily activities of a tourist in his hotel’s room:

Activity

Amount of water used

Brushing teeth

11 liters per day

Shower

148 liters every 10 minutes

Bath

74 liters

Toilet

103 liters per day per person


Now you'd probably like to save water any way you can.

Remember: Water is a precious resource we must have it to live, and we cannot afford to waste it.

Use water wisely... CONSERVE FOR TOMORROW!
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