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Water

Minimize water consumption to reduce
demand on natural resources and impact
on our living environments.

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Health Authority

By 2030, it is estimated that global water supply will only be able to meet 60% of human needs.*

In light of this, health-care systems face the challenge of reducing water consumption while enhancing patient outcomes, minimizing costs, and maintaining the required water supply needed for times of crisis or disaster.

There are a number of initiatives that help to reduce water consumption, including water audits, water reduction through heat recovery and reduced cooling tower use, repairing condensate return lines, metering and reporting.

*Source: Practice Greenhealth

Goals and impact

  • Minimize water consumption to reduce costs and environmental impacts, helping to ensure the health and wellness of our living environments.
  • Support the many different departments that have a role to play in reducing water consumption across the health system.
  • Encourage others to think about their role related to water and how they can contribute to this important Focus Area.

  • Reduce building water (use) performance intensity (BWPI) of core sites

    20%

    2020

    25%

    2030

  • Reduce building water (use) performance intensity (BWPI) of core sites

    15%

    2020

    20%

    2030

  • Reduce building water (use) performance intensity (BWPI) of core sites

    10%

    2020

    20%

    2030

  • Reduce building water (use) performance intensity (BWPI) of core sites

    10%

    2020

    20%

    2030

  • Facilitation and Support

    Sonja Janousek

    Environmental
    Sustainability Manager

    Water-saving opportunities in health-care facilities

    Clean water and human health are closely interconnected and the need to provide clean water has major environmental impacts. Water treatment consumes energy that contributes to GHG emissions, and excessive water consumption disrupts the water balance of sensitive ecosystems. Therefore, sustainable water use and conservation practices in health-care facilities can have a significant impact on human health and the environment.