Water is an important resource for hospitals, being used for a variety of purposes – cleaning, toilets, taps, dialysis, heating, showers, cooking, and so on.
Managing water properly is important for finances but, is even more important for the environment and sustainability. Thus, a new Water Efficiency Guide for Irish healthcare facilities has been launched.
Water efficiency guide: A best practice guide for Irish healthcare facilities
As part of the Green Healthcare Programme, the use of water by Irish hospitals is being examined. Best practices that exist within the sector are being identified and benchmarks for the different types of hospitals determined. By gathering this information, Green Healthcare aims to provide Irish hospitals with a number of useful resources to aid the reduction of water consumption, while ensuring the provision of quality services is maintained. This best practice guide aims to bring all of this information together.
A number of case studies, ‘how to’ guides, and fact sheets related to water efficiency in healthcare have also been produced:
Reverse Osmosis (RO) Case Study: Tullamore Midlands Regional Hospital harvests RO unused water
Data Logging and Leak Detection Case Study: Connolly Hospital, Dublin saves €183,000 a year
Leak Detection Case Study: Newcastle Community Hospital, Co. Wicklow
How to guide on Reverse Osmosis (RO): How to harvest unused RO water
Reverse Osmosis (RO) Case Study: Portlaoise Hospital investigates RO unused water
Fact Sheet: Benchmarking of water use in Irish hospitals
Fact Sheet: HSE Water Leak Detection Factsheet
Information: Local Authority Water Charges 2015