A provincial government department is taking water saving seriously. The provincial Department of Transport and Public Works is already saving an estimated 25 600F of water a day after converting 320 conventional water flush urinals in its offices in the city centre into waterless facilities. Officials now plan to extend this rollout of waterless urinals to facilities outside the city centre. Further water-saving measures are in the pipeline, says department spokesperson Byron la Hoe.“The department has started retrofitting old wash hand basin taps with flow restrictors wherever possible to reduce the amount of water they use. Metered (push) taps and dual flush cisterns will be installed in certain bathrooms as part of the office modernisation programme,” he says.“In addition, new buildings and renovations will be subject to much stricter water consumption standards, such as the use of air-cooled heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and black water treatment systems, where feasible. A maintenance team is on high alert to quickly respond to reports of water leaks.”There is also an ongoing communication project to encourage staff to use water sparingly at work and at home.“The time-of-use metering programme for our facilities is continuing and the recent appointment of a champion to monitor both water and electricity consumption is proving successful in identifying opportunities to intervene and save precious resources. The metering programme was developed and is being implemented on the primary premise of ‘measurement, monitoring and management’, the measurement of property performance data, the regular and rigorous monitoring of that performance data, and the management of the opportunities that arise,” he says.