KZN health department digs borehole for hospital

2015-12-15 15:52

Durban – A provincial health facility in one of the areas in the country hardest hit by drought will soon use boreholes to alleviate water shortages.

The KwaZulu-Natal department of health said on Tuesday that it had "joined the call to urge the community, particularly health workers, to use water sparingly at all its health facilities".

The department is trying to minimise water shortages at the Stanger Hospital in the iLembe District.

"The fact that some of these hospitals were built decades ago and were meant to serve only a few members of the populace has not helped matters. Health facilities like Stanger Hospital use water-cooled air-conditioning chillers, which consume about 20 000 litres of water per day," the department said in a statement.

The department added that the shortage of water "compels the department to, at certain instances, shut down these units".

"To mitigate the impact of this [water] situation, as a short-term measure, the department is in the process of building a borehole to add to the available one [at the Stanger Hospital].

"As a long-term measure, the department is engaged in a process aimed at the replacement of the old water-cooled air-conditioning chillers, which consume a lot of water, with new air-cooled air-conditioning chillers that do not consume water."

The department added that new air-cooled chillers were scheduled to be fully functional by March 2016.

"The current drought crisis requires all citizens of KZN to play their part in conserving water. It is everyone’s responsibility to save every drop because, as of now, every drop of water counts. The effects of climate change are a reality," the department said.

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