The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service has been working hard to ensure that all measures are taken to reduce water usage as well as ensuring that we remain operational should Day Zero happen.
What has WPBTS done so far?
WPBTS abides by all the restrictions in accordance with Level 6B Water Restrictions, and this includes the following:
- All pool vehicles, caravans, trailers and our bus are cleaned with waterless products.
- Water-efficient aerators have been fitted to all taps to minimise usage. (It has been shown to reduce water flow from 20-30 litres to 6-10 litres per minute.)
- Water tanks have been installed to harvest any rainwater.
- The water we use for staff and blood donors is bottled at a spring and is not municipal water. The drinking water for staff will be limited to onsite consumption and we are also appealing to blood donors to consume water sparingly at our clinics.
- Lily dome waterless urinals have been fitted in all men’s bathrooms.
What will we still be doing in the next month?
- Hand-sanitizer units will be installed in all bathrooms.
- A flushmaster system will be installed that uses excess Reverse Osmosis (RO) water.
What if DAY ZERO arrives?
For critical laboratory testing and blood bank services to remain operational:
- Water will be drawn from our registered borehole. This water will be pre-filtered to remove iron and other metals and to correct the pH. It will then be purified with Reverse Osmosis (RO) and supplied to our technical laboratories. Treated borehole water will be ready for laboratory use by 5 March 2018.
- The non-drinking excess water will be stored, UV treated, kept circulated and filtered for use, mainly for the flushing of toilets.
- Our weekly operational water supply requirement is 20 000 litres, while the water storage capacity at the Services HQ is 60 000 litres.
- Even though we will not be guaranteed a reticulated water supply like some other critical services (i.e. hospitals and clinics), the Provincial Health Operational Centre (PHOC) will supply emergency (water tanker) water should our borehole fail.
WPBTS has all the necessary steps in place to be operational should Day Zero arrive and we will continue to save water where we can.