Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Hospital Water Prices Expected to Continue Ascent

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Hospital Water Prices Expected to Continue Ascent

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Health facilities professionals increasingly are looking at ways to minimize the rising cost of water and sewage services.

Once a little-noticed part of a hospital's overhead, water costs are getting more attention in some parts of the country. "We are seeing a trend where water utilities [prices] are increasing," says John Ebers, associate director for facility engagement and manager of energy programs for Practice Greenhealth, a sustainability-focused coalition of health care organizations.

Residential rates for large users rose about 6 percent in 2014 on average, and in parts of the country costs rose in the double digits, according to Circle of Blue, a water-focused news and research website.

Many experts are calling water the new gold, says Mike Reid, vice president, construction, capital and facility services for the group purchasing organization Amerinet. "A lot of it is just based on infrastructure problems, where you have aging pipes in the ground," Reid says. …

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