California tourism industry devising smart practices to cope with drought

Published on : Monday, May 25, 2015

c8b473a1271dee72c929b1c109bb2661California is having a tough time coping with water shortage. This is directly influencing the tourism industry. But the big players of the state are managing to find ways to cope with the drought crisis.


Water Parks like Splash Mountain haven’t left their visitors disappointed. They still have green fairways and big hotels are offering shower facilities. But going by the condition the city is in there is a time limit on water usage.


The vice president of communications at Visit California, Ryan Becker said that that most people are unlikely to be affected as businesses have merged water conservation practices for overall operations.


For a state that depends on travel and tourism and spent a total of $117.5 billion and offers jobs to more than 1 million people contributing $9.3 billion in state and local tax revenues, tourism is definitely not an industry to be neglected and needs to be nurtured even during hard times like droughts.


Despite water shortage during peak summer season tourism is robust in the Disney parks. Most tourism promo ads are featuring swimming pools and water splashing people dressed in bathing suits. The water themed attractions are fully operational in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim.


Disneyland spokesperson Cathi Killian felt that their practices of recycling nearly all the water in the resort is conserving the water and keeping tourists happy.


The only place where the water is not recycled is the toilets. The recycled water is tested and treated to maintain safety for tourists.



Guests in the hotels are urged to reuse towels, bed linens to conserve water. Many hotels have retorted to drought resistant landscapes replacing natural laws with artificial turf. The hotels are also installing water efficient toilets. Guests are being handed instruction cards advising them on how they can cut water usage. Golf courses are being sprinkled less frequently with water and only essential areas are receiving extra care.



Many restaurants have taken to the usage of paper plates to stop the tradition of dishwashers. There are approximately 60, 000 restaurants in California and if each of them switch to compressed air cleaning practices for cleaning porcelain plated it could save about 250 gallons of water a day and would add up to saving 5 million gallons of water per year.

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