Domestic water conservation study, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Forster, Rowland
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The purpose of this practicum was to conduct a domestic water conservation study to identify and evaluate the various domestic water conservation measures available to the HSC. Specific objectives included: (i) determining existing domestic water conservation practices in hospitals; (ii) identifying different alternatives for the reduction of domestic water consumption at the HSC; (iii) determining the economic feasibility of retrofits and renovations based on capital and operating costs, annual cost savings, and pay-back periods; (iv) undertaking a controlled trial, or case study, of alternatives suitable to operability issues. The water conservation study began with a review of related literature including various Internet and published information to identify potential domestic water conservation measures in order to outline the major strengths and weaknesses of each. A second survey directed towards the manufacturers of water conservation products was then performed to obtain an understanding of existing water conservation products particularly those designed for hospital use. It was discovered from the two surveys that there were eight water conservation measures available for the HSC to consider in their water conservation strategy. These included: faucet aerators, faucet moderators, flow restricting inserts, low-flow showerheads, low-flow showerhead adapters, ultra-low volume toilets, flush valves, and staff education measures. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)