Private healthcare group, Life Healthcare, has installed a water filtration plant at its Vincent Pallotti Hospital in compliance with the City of Cape Town’s regulations.

The filtration system comes as a result of the Group’s national water management strategy to eliminate the impact of Day Zero – the date on which the municipal taps get switched off.

Life Healthcare says it its water filtration plant fully complies with the City of Cape Town’s regulations and byelaws and ensures water is fit for human consumption in a healthcare environment.

“The municipal water supply has been switched off, and the hospital is now operating off the grid. We have an emergency storage supply at the hospital which is sufficient for at least 48-hours, should there be any technical glitches with the filtration plant,” said Life Healthcare CEO Southern Africa, Lourens Bekker.

In partnership with provincial and local government authorities, special contingency measures will also be in place to allow Life Healthcare, and specifically Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, to assist in case of emergencies and to mitigate the risk of water resources further plummeting during the current water shortage.

The Group was also granted formal approval by the authorities to sink a borehole at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town with testing currently taking place before City officials can give the green light for human consumption.

“We hope to soon open the water filtration plant at Life Kingsbury Hospital and remain committed to implementing additional water saving measures, including the installation of reduced flow valves on taps and showers, recycling of water for instrument sterilisation and the reuse of grey water. As a Group we continue to implement responsible strategies to limit the harmful impact our South African business activities may have on the environment,” concluded Bekker.

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