In the UK, the water crisis is pressing, with all organisations urged to conserve water, including the NHS, one of the country’s largest water consumers. The NHS alone uses about 50 billion cubic meters of water annually. Reducing water usage not only preserves vital water supplies but also cuts down on carbon emissions—making it an essential aspect of any eco-friendly strategy.
Healthcare providers are no strangers to challenges, and when it comes to conserving water, they face a distinctive set of obstacles. These include the need to uphold stringent hygiene and water safety regulations, often requiring specialised water-saving technologies that meet these standards. Additionally, healthcare facilities frequently contend with ageing infrastructure, diverse building layouts, and complex plumbing systems, making the detection and prevention of water wastage a complex task.
To navigate these unique challenges successfully, healthcare facilities require water management solutions that not only reduce consumption but also maintain impeccable hygiene standards and patient safety. The critical need for hygiene and water safety in healthcare settings demands a tailored approach to water management. Ecoprod understands these challenges and offers innovative water-saving solutions designed to address the unique requirements of healthcare environments, as I wrote about in more detail recently in the Heath Estate Journal.
Ecoprod’s Role in Water Management
Ecoprod offers innovative water-saving solutions that cater to the unique challenges faced by healthcare facilities. These products go beyond water conservation, focusing on maintaining the stringent hygiene and safety standards necessary for healthcare environments. Here’s how Ecoprod’s offerings make a difference:
- Hygienic and efficient sensor taps: In healthcare, hygiene is non-negotiable. Ecoprod’s CONTI+ sensor taps are specifically designed for healthcare settings. Their smooth internal components prevent bacterial growth, ensuring water hygiene. These taps also feature preset temperature settings, eliminating the risk of scalding and simplifying maintenance.
- Digital showers: Ecoprod’s digital showers reduce water usage by up to 70% while improving patient safety. They can be programmed to shut off if the cold water supply fails, providing anti-scald protection. The shower panels are made from antibacterial material, guaranteeing water safety.
- Smart water management systems: The CONTI+ CNX system allows the management of up to 150 connected products like taps, urinals, and showers on a single platform. It automates flushing and thermal disinfection, ensuring water safety and providing an audit trail of safety reports.
- Waterless urinals: URIMAT waterless urinals save up to 100,000 litres of water per urinal per year. They are easy to clean and maintain, making them a cost-effective and hygienic choice.
- Smart water temperature monitoring: Automated systems like Aguardio monitor hot and cold water temperatures, sending alerts if parameters are breached, reducing the risk of legionella.
- Leak detection: Smart detectors, such as the Aguardio temperature monitor, can also be used effectively for leak detection. They automatically alert staff to any significant changes in water temperature, identifying leaks that could otherwise go unnoticed.
- Rainwater harvesting: Reusing water is a key part of any water management strategy. Rainwater harvesting is used for irrigation and watering of gardens in hospitals. This sustainable approach can significantly cut down on water usage.
Expertise in healthcare water management
Healthcare facilities have unique challenges, such as stringent regulations and diverse infrastructure. Ecoprod’s expertise in healthcare water systems ensures that products meet all hygiene standards and specific requirements. From installation to commissioning and training, we offer a comprehensive approach to managing water systems effectively.
By embracing water-saving technologies tailored to the healthcare sector, healthcare organisations can not only reduce water consumption but also enhance hygiene, patient safety, and contribute to the path toward achieving net zero emissions. Water conservation is not about compromising but about progress and efficiency in healthcare facility management.
Read more about how Ecoprod solutions can help healthcare providers to use less water, save money and reduce their carbon footprint whilst enhancing hygiene and patient safety in the Health Estates Journal and download our free white paper – A guide to water saving solutions for healthcare providers.
Read this case study to learn more about how the Hospital of St Elizabeth and St John has tested and rolled out the CONTI+ range of sensor washbasin mixers and showers for public areas.
Get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about how any of the products or solutions featured might be of use in your own facilities.