80% of water use (by humans or human-related activities) goes to agricultural means, yet water conservation policy is primarily focused on urban use. An interesting take on this topic is found in this article posted by One Green Planet related to California’s Drought. They highlight the complex nature of water use and how even one’s diet has a serious impact on consumption. Most people would be surprised at the statistics, but if you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense.
Because Koolfog misting systems use water for humidification, cooling and other forms of environmental control, we are often asked “how much water is actually used.” The simple answer is this: approximately one gallon of water per hour per nozzle using a standard misting nozzle.
A more complex comparison may be found in this infographic that was produced to illustrate and compare water use within a specific industry. This is not to say that laundering towels is unnecessary. It is just a comparison.
It is important to remember that hotels are in the business of developing repeat visitors. So we would argue that environmental control is paramount to a hotel’s success. If it is too hot to enjoy lounging or dining it is certain that guests will find another hotel, or even another region, to visit. Since the outdoor experience is important to paying guests turning off a misting system would be tantamount to turning off the air conditioning in guest rooms.
So to answer the question “are misting systems using too much water” the honest answer is “it depends.” Or, perhaps we should be focusing on water-saving measures that address the real issues.
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