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Why we acted
The hospital is committed to ensuring sustainability of the environment for future generations, and we’re dedicated to facilitating water saving and raising awareness of the initiatives among staff and patients.
Jeremy McMenamin, Facilities Manager
The hospital completed a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP), a program to involve high water use businesses and agencies in auditing water use and identifying and acting on potential water savings.
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How we did it
We achieved our water savings through:
- a computerised maintenance management system that allows leaking taps to be immediately reported and repaired
- installing water efficient plumbing fittings and equipment
- the introduction of low water use practices and promotion of water conservation to staff, patients and visitors
- the collection and storage of rainwater for use in gardens.
We completed a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP), prepared in conjunction with Water Corporation. Our strategic environmental committee ensures that the WEMP is monitored and reviewed regularly.
A key driver of water saving at the hospital was our facilities maintenance team that placed strong emphasis on communications, including signage about water saving measures.
The team introduced a regular maintenance regime in which all steam taps, used for sterilising, are regularly checked for leaks.
There are also regular inspections of hydraulic systems for water losses, and low-flow showerheads and basin taps have been fitted throughout the hospital.
What we are doing now
Among other measures, our theatre and ward staff are trialling waterless hand washing products like alcohol-based hand rubs, and low water use steriliser processes have been introduced. Water and energy efficient equipment is also being used in the hospital kitchens.
Outside, all water reticulation to grounds and potted plants was turned off and potted plants have been removed from balconies. We are replacing dying vegetation with waterwise plants.
Mount Hospital is owned by Healthscope, the second largest private hospital operator in Australia. They aim to extend improvements to all Healthscope hospitals.
Who to contact
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