Developing a culture of water conservation at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

Developing a culture of water conservation at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

Developing a culture of water conservation at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

Water has generally been regarded as an abundant resource and cheap commod-ity. This view is changing in Zim-babwe as health care facilities, industries and households are fac-ing severe water shortages mainly due to climate change. Water shortages and droughts are more common, and increased de-mand is being placed on already

 

Water has generally been regarded as an abundant resource and cheap commod-ity. This view is changing in Zim-babwe as health care facilities, industries and households are fac-ing severe water shortages mainly due to climate change.

Water shortages and droughts are more common, and increased de-mand is being placed on already stressed municipal water supply and underground water systems. This has
compromised the provi-sion of health care and it is im-portant that we all develop a cul-ture of water saving for the bene-fit of our own nation.
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals will complete the construction of
a 2.5 mega litre water reservoir in 2017. It is estimated that at the current consumption rate, the reserve will be able to pro-vide water for about a 72-hour period. Whenever there is a wa-ter shutdown by the municipali-ty, the stored water will be pumped into the distribution system, allowing users to re-ceive water from the tap.

Water conservation is a strategy that will ensure that our health care facility has access to this important resource at all times.

The following are water con-servation guidelines to all wa-ter users which are expected to be implemented with imme-diate effect.

  • It should be noted that while the listed are not conclusive, staff are en-couraged to identify water conservation opportunities:
  • The use of hosepipes to be discontinued in all areas, including gardening, car washing, cleaning in kitch-ens etc.
  • Evaluate daily routines of staff (i.e. patients shower-ing, clean up, scrubbing and hand washing) and en-courage efficient practices and procedures regarding water use.
  • Cleaning crews to use wa-ter efficiently for mopping. The contractor to come up with clear strategies, to be approved by the hospital, on how they intend to ac-cess and utilise water.
  • The laundry team to ensure that they wash full loads only or reduce water levels to minimize water required per load of washing.
  • Fix drips, leaks, and unnec-essary flows – It is im-portant that all water leaks are reported and attended to at the earliest possible time. The Engineering Depart-ment has set up a special register at the maintenance office

The hospital has a number of vi-tal plants with single pass water cooled equipment such as radia-tion linear accelerators, reverse osmosis equipment, HVAC sys-tems, laboratory machines and sterilisation equipment. The HEM and Engineering Depart-ments are to come up with strate-gies on how to reduce water con-sumption on such plant and equipment.