Chloe Landry

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Digital Slide Show Presentation

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Tourism is a key distributor of wealth in many developing countries and yet they still struggle with basic needs like food, adequate shelter, and water. Water poverty is extremely prevalent in already poor locations, and when this situation merges with over-tourism it only gets worse. Tourists consume almost 3-4 times the amount of water than locals. This can be from showers, kitchen appliances, recreational uses, and the drinking supply. Since tourists bring in economic empowerment for these destinations, they are inclined to use however much water they please while the locals suffer. This creates a cycle of poverty that begins with water-deficient and impoverished families and ends with a worse economic state of the area as a whole, and depleted resources that are difficult to obtain. The implementation of gray water in some of these areas can aid the struggles they are facing. Gray water recycling is a cost-effective and simple way to bring adequate water sources back to the abject poor. It can be utilized in crops and other pipelines that do not require digestion, since the water is partially contaminated. Policies such as the “Graywater Tourist Regulation Act” will support the use proper use of gray water on a larger scale. This policy would be a large step forward in movement of water conservation, and positively affect people actively struggling and the general population as a whole.

Faculty Mentor

Tiffany Rhodes, D.Min., CHE

Academic Discipline

College of Hospitality Management



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