Envious? No, but Kalahari Resorts Are Growing Greener

Bruce Beggs |

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Kalahari Resorts, which boasts two of the nation’s largest indoor waterparks, is adding a laundry water-recycling and filtration system that reportedly will allow it to reuse 70% of its laundry water.
The AquaRecycle system’s chemical-free filtration and treatment process will provide clean, disinfected and pre-heated water to the laundry systems at Kalahari Resorts properties in Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio, and eventually a third resort in Fredericksburg, Va.
Home to 740 hotel rooms in Wisconsin and 884 rooms in Ohio, Kalahari Resorts estimates the system will be operating by June 1. It expects to reduce water and sewer costs by 70% and energy costs by up to 50%.
“The effectiveness of our energy-efficient operations has been impressive and we remain committed to adding measures that will save energy and protect our environment,” says Todd Nelson, president and owner of Kalahari Resorts. “As we design our third property in Fredericksburg, we are researching a wide array of state-of-the-art green initiatives to implement.”
The Wisconsin property also recently installed a 103-panel solar hot-water system to provide approximately 11,800 therms per year, heating 60% of the hot water utilized by its laundry. Ozone laundry systems are also in place in Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky.
Kalahari Resorts is also installing high-efficiency boilers in its indoor waterparks and exploring geothermal heat recovery and the use of wind turbines.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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