The name Curagao intrinsically brings to mind visages of white sand and turquoise Caribbean water. Indeed, the country of less than 150,000 people supports a tourism industry that brings in millions of visitors on a yearly basis. The island’s hotels and resorts are critical in keeping those tourism numbers up, and equally critical in keeping the resorts running is their underlying infrastructure. One such resort, the Marriott Renaissance Curagao Resort & Casino, exhibited a significant setback during its construction, specifically its greywater recycling system.
The resort is outfitted with a recycling system in which laundry, bath, and sink water -collectively referred to as greywater – from the hotel is repurposed for use in the resort’s fire contingency program, sprinkler system and emergency water supply. The most notable component of the system is a series of three water storage tanks that the general contractor, Manhattan Construction, was tasked with waterproofing, but to initially unsatisfactory results.