As utility prices have risen drastically and sustainability becomes ever more crucial, hotels are looking for ways to reduce their water consumption.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has found that a hotel can use an average of 1,500 litres per guest room per day. This can vastly exceed the usage of local populations in water-scarce destinations.

To combat this, Nigel Bamford, a builder from Brighton, has invented the Waterblade, a nozzle that modifies and controls tap flow into a paper-thin sheet. This reportedly achieves a 50% water waste reduction in hand basins.

An early industry adopter of the nozzle is the Premier Inn hotel chain brand, owned by hospitality group Whitbread.

Bamford commented: “Waterblade takes a trickle of water and boosts its washing and rinsing performance, saving water and significant amounts of energy from heating less water.

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“By rolling out the device in particularly water-stressed parts of countries where new developments are limited by the capacity of the existing water supply, reducing demand in this way facilitates new developments to proceed and be connected to water supply networks.”

Water consumption is a recurrent target for global hotel sustainability goals. Marriott International’s 2023 Sustainability Report highlighted its goal to reduce water consumption by 15% across its operations.  

India-based ITC Mughal was the first hotel in the world to be awarded a Zero Water certification, as it meets water requirements for its properties by collecting rainfall.