Water conservation could mean big savings for healthcare facilities

By Healthcare Facilities Today
January 22, 2013

With water and sewer utility rates rising between 5 and 10 percent every year in many parts of the United States, investments in water conservation practices could lead to substantial savings for healthcare facilities, according to Healthcare Design magazine. 

Healthcare Design reports that U.S. hospitals use an average of 570 gallons of water per staffed bed, per day, while the average American citizen uses around 150 gallons of water per day.

The article suggests that the first step to conservation is to understand consumption data. This information can generally be obtained from the utility and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Portfolio Manager has a water module similar to the one for tracking energy consumption over time. 

The second step is to analyze potential return on investment of water conservation measures for the facility, which could include maintenance tasks such as fixing leaks or larger projects like installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. 

The article goes on to discuss some long-term planning options such as rainwater collection and recycled water for non-potable uses like irrigation and toilet flushing. 

See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Industry News , Sustainable Operations

Recent Posts
Recent Posts
Focus: Infection Control

Creating an N95 mask disinfection facility for less Than $15,000

Health system is offering a free instruction manual


Focus: Infection Control

Healthcare cook stitches masks for customers at Pittsburgh hospital during pandemic

Her design includes pockets!


ASHE offers guidance for COVID recovery

The pandemic’s impact on the physical environment has offered challenges and lessons


Focus: Infection Control

Houston hospital installs touchless temperature cameras

The cameras can scan whoever crosses their path, alerting users instantly if an elevated temperature is present


Becker's names 100 great hospitals in America for 2020

The hospitals were selected for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.