An official website of the United States government.


H2Otel Challenge

WaterSense Commercial H2O Challenge

Take the Guest Work Out of Saving Water!

Today’s travelers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly accommodations and a hotel’s commitment to sustainability. Reducing your hotel's water use can:

  • Save water, energy, and operating costs.
  • Strengthen your hotel's bottom line.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to sustainable operations to your guests.

By installing WaterSense labeled products and following best management practices, you can achieve greater water efficiency at your hotel while still ensuring customer satisfaction.

Logo for the H20tel challengeEPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to help hotels understand their water footprint by encouraging hotels to "ACT":

  • Assess water use and savings opportunities
  • Change products or processes to incorporate best management practices
  • Track their water-saving progress and achievements

More than 860 hotels have signed up (9 pp, 228 K, About PDF) to participate in the Challenge to learn how to reduce water use, minimize operating costs and to meet the sustainable expectations of today’s travelers. Water use reductions can also help mitigate risk imposed by rising water and sewer costs and more frequent drought conditions.

Interested hotels can sign up for the H2Otel Challenge to start receiving free recognition, outreach, and technical tools that will help them save water, energy, and money.

Not a hotel or an organization that could recruit hotels, but still interested in receiving WaterSense’s tools for reducing hotel water use? Contact the WaterSense Helpline and ask to be added to our mailing list.

Sign Up to Take the H2Otel Challenge

By installing independently certified WaterSense labeled products and implementing best management practices, you can reduce water use and operating costs at your hotel while still ensuring customer satisfaction. The Challenge is designed for any individual hotel with five rooms or more. Hotel chains and management groups can sign up their individual facilities. All hotels that sign up will benefit from the following free resources:

  • Technical resources, including WaterSense's Water Use and Savings Evaluation Tool (WaterUSE Tool)—a spreadsheet designed to help hotel operators and facility managers assess their water use and identify and prioritize best practices to implement.
  • Training webinars—recorded webinars on hotel water-saving topics
  • Recognition tools, including a participant logo and a signed certificate of participation.
  • Case studies and lessons learned from other hotels that successfully saved water.

Learn more about the H2Otel Challenge by downloading this flier (2 pp, 1.07 MB, About PDF), or by viewing our 2015 welcome webinar, Take the Plunge! Introducing the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge.Exit

Sign up now to join these participating hotels (9 pp, 228 K, About PDF) that have already committed to ACT!

General Terms and Conditions

  1. EPA WaterSense will use the information provided in the sign up form to send periodic emails that relate to the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge.
  2. The organization will not construe, claim, nor imply that its participation in the EPA WaterSense H2Otel Challenge constitutes federal government (EPA) approval, acceptance, or endorsement of anything other than the organization's commitment to the Challenge.
  3. No building, facility, nor structure will be WaterSense labeled as a result of this Challenge. Participants agree to utilize the WaterSense program marks and Challenge logo in accordance with the WaterSense Program Mark Guidelines and the Guidelines for Using the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge Marks.
  4. Participation in the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge does not constitute partnership in the WaterSense program. If additional WaterSense partner categories become available, affected organizations will be asked to apply for partnership in the new category.
  5. Nothing in this agreement, in and of itself, obligates the EPA to expend appropriations or to enter into any contract, assistance agreement, interagency agreement, or incur other financial obligations that would be inconsistent with Agency budget priorities. The organization agrees not to submit a claim for compensation for services rendered to EPA or any federal agency in connection with any activities it carries out in furtherance of this agreement.

Recruit Hotels to Sign Up for the H2Otel Challenge

WaterSense needs help spreading the word about the H2Otel Challenge! We’re asking our partners and industry stakeholders to reach out to hotels in their areas to tell them how to join and why they should implement water efficiency best management practices.

WaterSense provides materials to help partners and other organizations recruit hotels to take the Challenge and promote their participation. Download a recruitment flier (2 pp, 209 K, About PDF) to help you get started. Once your organization commits to recruiting hotels to join the Challenge, you will receive ongoing communications about upcoming webinars and saving water to keep hotels engaged.

If you're not already a WaterSense partner, learn how to become one here.

Hotel Tools & Training

WaterSense offers a number of helpful tools to assist hotels in assessing, changing, and tracking their water use. After you sign up for the H2Otel Challenge, use the following tools to help you get started:

WaterUSE Tool and Water Assessment Worksheets

Hotel operators and facility managers can use WaterSense's WaterUSE Tool and associated Water Assessment Worksheets to identify and prioritize cost-effective water efficiency projects and best management practices to reduce water and energy use and save on operating costs.

Users should use the worksheets to guide them through a water assessment of their hotel. The worksheets will help capture information about water–using fixtures and equipment needed to populate the WaterUSE Tool and provide instructions and guidance about the fields in the tool.

Based on facility-specific inputs entered by the user, the WaterUSE Tool provides recommended best management practices and calculates potential water and cost savings for water-saving projects. Download and use the WaterUSE Tool and Water Assessment Worksheets, and view a recorded webinar demonstration of the tool for new users:

Send an email to the WaterSense Helpline to be contacted when new updates are available.

Technical and Outreach Webinars

In 2014 and 2015, WaterSense hosted a series of webinars to help hotels assess, change, and track their water use. Each webinar featured a guest speaker who put best practices into action at a hotel or similar facility. All of the webinars were recorded and posted with closed captioning for future listening. WaterSense periodically hosts additional webinars in conjunction with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program to help hotels and other commercial and institutional facilities save water, energy, and money. Sign up for the H2Otel Challenge to receive information when new webinar registration links are available.

Participant Recognition Tools

Hotels that have signed up for the Challenge will receive the outreach and recognition tools to promote participation in the H2Otel Challenge. These tools will be distributed by email after the hotel has signed up:

  • Participant logo
  • Signed certificate of participation
  • Sample press release language
  • Sample website and in-room language