Healthcare Water Efficiency and Program Management Toolkit

Water used in hospitals and other health care facilities comprises 7% of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States.[i] The largest uses of water in hospitals are cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, and medical process rinses.[ii] Established water management practices and regulations typically relate to water treatment, while implementing water saving measures can be perceived at odds with maintaining the quality of water. Better Buildings partners are proving that healthcare facilities can achieve significant operating cost and energy savings without jeopardizing water quality.

This toolkit aggregates resources to provide guidance tailored to the Healthcare sector for efficient water management while maintaining control of infection. A variety of assessment and resources are available in this toolkit for those interested in developing strategies around water management that are separate from energy management.

 

[i] Dziegielewski, et al. 2000. Commercial and Institutional End Uses of Water American Water Works Association Research Foundation.



Sector:

Commercial

Tool type:

Toolkit

Building Type:

Healthcare, Clinic or other outpatient health care, Hospital, Medical office, Outpatient rehabilitation

Technology:

Water Heating and Water Efficiency, Water Efficient Equipment