We all tend to take water for granted. Water comes out of taps; it goes down drains; and in between we use it to drink, wash, cook and clean. In addition water is used in many processes in delivering healthcare
However, saving water is not just about saving money. Water is an important resource and a sufficient supply of clean water is essential to the health of both people and the environment.
The raw material may appear to be plentiful, but worldwide, and even in parts of Ireland, clean, drinkable water is an increasingly scarce resource.
The World Bank estimates that by 2025, 1.4 billion people in 48 countries may experience water stress or scarcity. Much work has been done to look at the infrastructure of water transportation and use within the university, with a reduction of over 25,000 liters from leak repair and use-analysis in one year alone.
Water conservation by individuals goes hand-in-hand with this work, so it is up to all patients, staff and students to use water wisely, report leaks, dripping taps or running toilets to the Maintenance Request System via the CUH Staff Directory – click here , and become more aware of how we use and can conserve water in CUH.
Remember, a tap dripping once a second wastes about 10m3 (or 10,000 liters) of water a year!
Did You Know?
CUH consumes around 180 million litres of water every year. Significant water usage savings have been achieved by CUH in recent years through identifying and repairing leaks on the hospital grounds and providing technical solutions.
The continuous monitoring of water usage has allowed further savings to be identified and the Estates and Maintenance Department s continuing to target these on an ongoing basis. E.g. replacement of the conventional urinal control to an enzyme based / waterless system.
We are now benchmarking our water consumption based on the number of patient bed days we use each year. Chart 1 demonstrates how CUH has been performing since 2013. Chart 2 demonstrates how CUH has been performing in relation to other acute hospitals. The orange bar shows where CUH was in 2014 and the green bar is CUH at the end of 2015.
Chart 1 - CUH performance since 2013
Chart 2 - CUH performance in relation to other acute hospitals