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Escalating Water Rates Require a New Approach to Laundry


Rising water costs.pngThe water crisis is having profound effects across the globe including significant rises in the cost of water.  For example, starting on January 1, 2018, water and electricity bills in the UAE were subject to five percent VAT according to Gulf News.  In England and Wales, it is reported that the average water bill is set to rise by 2%, or £9, for the 2018/2019 year.  The city of Cape Town, South Africa has recently announced "the more you use, the more you pay" water prices in an effort to reduce water consumption during their historic drought.  Water rates in the United States have climbed more than 50 percent on average over the last several years, according to a survey of water rates in 30 large US cities.

Laundry’s Water Consumption a Major Operating Expense

On average, a U.S. hotel uses 25 gallons of water per room, per day, for laundry. You would think that then 25 gallons, multiplied by the number of occupied rooms, multiplied by the cost of a gallon of water would equal the water cost for that day—but water costs are actually much more complex than that. 

In reality, how much your hotel is paying for water depends on a number of factors, including location, population, climate and weather events, and the pricing system in place, which could be a flat rate, a standard per 1,000 gallons, or a tiered system in which prices generally increase after a certain level of usage. 

As water rates continue to rise, the cost of water is becoming a significant operating expense.  Businesses are reviewing their water consumption and are looking for ways to cut water usage.  Hotels are finding that their in-house laundry operations are one of their biggest consumers of water, which account for 16 percent of a hotel’s water usage.  Traditional laundry machines use massive amounts of water to clean. Along with implementing water-saving technologies such as low flow toilets, low-pressure shower heads and flow restrictors on faucets hotels are considering technology that will help combat high water consumption in the laundry room.

Xeros Near-Waterless Commercial Laundry System

An innovative low-water laundry system is enabling hoteliers to drastically reduce water consumption. The Xeros Commercial Laundry System replaces up to 80% of the water used in traditional washing machines with polymer XOrbs™ which gently massage textiles to provide superior cleaning results as compared to conventional aqueous washing methods. By combining the molecular structure of the XOrbs with a proprietary detergent solution, dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the XOrbs, producing cleaner results in ambient water.

The reusable XOrbs have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled. The patented, award-winning system uses 80% less water, up to 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent than traditional systems.

The Xeros system’s gentle washing method not only delivers a superior cleaning performance but extends the life of lines thus saves on replacement costs. 

Hotels Combating High Water Rates with Xeros

Hoteliers are using the Xeros Commercial Laundry System to successfully combat high water rates.  For example, in Massachusetts, where the water rate for the hotel was at $17.14, the Xeros system provides a 79% reduction in water and 100% reduction in hot water giving the hotel an annual saving of $17,259. 

The Xeros system also helps hoteliers elevate the guest experience by providing a superior cleaning process that is gentler on fabrics and delivers whiter, fresher linens and towels. 


Topics: Laundry Operations, Water Scarcity