Water use in hospitals and health care institutions makes up a substantial percentage of all water used. Cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, and medical process rinses are among the largest consumers of water in hospitals. Syamsudin Hospital, Indonesia, like other hospitals, has seen water use rise significantly. 

To address this, the hospital invested in a water treatment facility that captured waste water from the laboratory and hemodialysis centers. Treated water was used for non-critical hospital water needs such toilets, cleaning hospital grounds, backwashing and watering plants. Previously, fresh water from metered taps was used for this purpose.

This implementation resulted in a reduction of water consumption by 75% in two years, with a focus on freshwater consumption. 

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About SHiPP

The Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) was a four-year program developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm and funded by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), that aimed to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs.

With an expansive and diverse network of over 1,700 members in more than 80 countries, GGHH was a key vehicle to engage the health sector around the globe on sustainable procurement through the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP). 

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