Vacation Rental Water Use Addressed | Letter


Do vacation rentals use more water than year-round residents?

No! Says the Eastsound Water Users Association.

Many vacation rental hosts are ready to share how ALL water users could reduce our use, including residents, visitors such as friends and family, vacation rental customers, vacation rental customers. hotel, campers and boaters.

But there is no evidence that vacation rental homes should be targeted, as they use more water than any other island home.

In fact, the EWUA Board of Directors issued a statement on September 22, 2021, stating that “there is no evidence that vacation rentals use excess or inappropriate water”, said Tenar Hall, board member and mathematician. “We looked at the data extensively and found no evidence that vacation rentals have an adverse effect on our water supply system. »See the press release on eastsoundwater.org/board-data-correction.

Things to consider:

• Most vacation rentals welcome guests less than 360 days a year, using fewer resources than a house with year round residents.

• Many vacation rentals do not have extensive vegetable gardens and landscaping that require high water consumption for irrigation.

• Under the new vacation rental regulations 2018, all compliant vacation rental license holders are required to acknowledge our limited water resources to all guests prior to booking. All guests must agree to these house rules and the same guidelines must be posted in each rental.

Specifically, the example of the SJC’s “Rules of Conduct” regarding water reads: “Please remember that we have limited resources on the island. Do not let the water run when it is not necessary; while brushing teeth, washing dishes, prolonged showers, etc. Please do not wash cars or use water unnecessarily. We appreciate your efforts to help keep our supply limited.

Let’s all work to conserve our water supply and stop pinning the issue on vacation rentals with no data to back up claims.

Jan Scilipoti

López Island


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