Refusing To 'Waste' Water

In the Limelight - Jicaro Island Ecolodge - Water Use - By David Thurnau

The Jicaro Island Ecolodge, part of the Cayuga Collection, occupies a picturesque setting on a private island in Granada, Nicaragua. Beautiful, yes - but despite the magnificent sightlines, being located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua presents some extraordinary challenges.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge
In the Limelight - Jicaro Island Ecolodge - Water Use - By David Thurnau

Greening The Inn The Jicaro Island Ecolodge, part of the Cayuga Collection, occupies a picturesque setting on a private island in Granada, Nicaragua. Beautiful, yes - but despite the magnificent sightlines, being located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua presents some extraordinary challenges; especially when it comes to managing the precious water supply in a healthy and sustainable way.  However, aided by a combination of technology and practices, Jicaro Island has found a way to keep its water supply clean.

Pool at Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Refusing to “Waste” Water

Lacking alternative options, Jicaro must draw its water supply directly from Lake Nicaragua.  And as this water is used for various indoor plumbing needs, the question arises of where and how to dispose of the wastewater produced. Certainly not back into the lake!  To combat this issue, the Ecolodge put in a FAST wastewater treatment system; where water used by guests or through hotel operations is filtered to provide safe irrigation for the hotel’s garden.  Not only is the wastewater disposed of effectively, but through the reuse of this water, the hotel uses significantly less fresh water from the lake; saving water and energy. 

Jicaro has also taken the effort to keep as many harmful elements as possible out of the water to begin with:

  • All soaps, detergents, and spa products are organically based and biodegradable.
  • The hotel pool is kept clean using a chlorine-free system.
These practices mean less work for the wastewater filtration system, which reduces energy use, and further ensures that the hotel’s wastewater will harm no plants or animals that it comes in contact with.

And lest we forget, Jicaro has also installed a solar thermal system, which allows the hotel and its guests to have hot water, no fossil fuels needed.  Clean hot water, does it get any better than that?

It’s not easy to keep water clean when you’re surrounded by it, but the Jicaro Island Ecolodge is showing, that with a little effort and a commitment to sustainability, it can be accomplished.

Contributor: David Thurnau has a background in political science, municipal government, and agriculture with an emphasis in environmental issues.

This article first appeared on GreeningtheInn.com.



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