WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launced the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge as a way for agency partners and other organizations to encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, according to a press release.

“Hotels that reduce their water use will not only help their community save precious resources, but can gain a competitive edge in today’s green marketplace,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “Since 2006, WaterSense has helped Americans save more than 487 billion gallons of water, and now we’re building on that success to help hotels take their sustainability efforts to the next level.”

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Hotels that take a pledge to "ACT" will assess, change and track their water use in the following ways: Assess water use and savings opportunities throughout the hotel, change products and processes to more water-efficient models and methods and track water reduction progress before and after incorporating best management practices, reported the release.

Caesars Entertainment is the first company to sign up for the challenge, noted the release.

“At Caesars Entertainment's resorts throughout the country, we know that sustaining our local water supply is as important as providing the best entertainment experience we can to our guests. Over the last few years we successfully implemented several water saving projects, such as adding low-flow showerheads and sink aerators at our Las Vegas resorts. We are excited to participate in the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge and to identify where we can make even greater improvement to our operations," said Eric Dominguez, corporate director of engineering, utilities and environmental affairs for Caesars Entertainment.