The health sector employs many water-use functions including food service, laundry, water purification, process water for vacuum systems, cooling towers, boilers, image processing for x-rays, sterilizing, as well as hygiene practices for patients, staff, and facilities. Health facility water use varies widely depending on type, size, geographical location, and water use equipment and practices.
There are many opportunities to reduce your facility’s water usage. Installing flow reduction aerators and low flow fixtures requires an initial investment, but they often pay back their initial cost quickly. Check with your local municipality for rebates and incentives to make the switch. Toilet flushing alone accounts for 30% of water use in medical buildings, so upgrading to low flow toilets can result in significant savings. Go one step further and upgrade to dual-flush toilets to save even more money and water.
Other water saving ideas includes collecting rainwater for non-potable uses, encouraging people to report leaks, and landscaping with native plants, which require less watering. Check out the tools and resources below for more tips and information.
Hospitals that have conducted successful water use reduction programs have been able to reduce water use by approximately 20 to 30 percent. For large facilities, this can translate to over $100,000 per year savings in water, sewer, and energy costs. Our resources help you learn more about how your facility can effectively track its water use, benchmark its water performance and identify new ways to reduce its water usage.