Green guesthouse scoops award
AN Exeter hotel is the first business in the region to be honoured for its remarkable success in saving water.
The Silversprings Hotel in Richmond Road slashed its water use by 25% following a free audit and has now been awarded an 'Exceptional Level' award in a new certification scheme introduced by South West Water.
Water use at the 10 bedroom hotel has fallen from over 200 to less than 150 litres per guest per day after the installation of dual flush toilets, a new low consumption washing machine and the fitting of flow restrictors to basin taps and high pressure showers.
Owner Richard Power has also learned how to accurately monitor their water use as well as setting up a rainwater collection system and automated drip irrigation on the hotel's patio for its plants.
He said: "We have found the Water Efficiency Certificate to be an excellent way for us to focus upon eliminating waste of water in a directly measurable manner.
"The target requirements for each level are specifically defined, and SWW have been most proactive in helping us to achieve these standards through free audits, detailed advice and encouragement to make the changes. We have found these changes to be quick, easy and interesting to implement and have very rapid payback times."
Water Conservation Team Leader Jon Wood said: "The hotel is a great example of how a business can save water and money with some free advice and making just a few changes.
"We hope many more businesses across the region will make a commitment to saving water and take pride in displaying their Water Efficiency certificates."
The certificates will be awarded at three levels – Exceptional, Comprehensive and Basic. Businesses can learn more about saving water and the certification scheme at two free seminars organised by South West Water early in the New Year or by phoning the Water Conservation Team on 01392 443946.
Notes to editors
1) South West Water offers free water efficiency advice and workplace audits to businesses and works alongside other bodies to promote energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling across the region.
2) The Silversprings has halved its water usage and reduced its carbon footprint. As well as attaining the new water efficiency award, it has also achieved the Gold Standard of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.